Morning Report: Empty Storefront Rash Eyed for Homes

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Until recently, the Mercado del Barrio mixed-used project in Barrio Logan struggled to fill up its commercial space. Now the commercial space is almost entirely rented out, but Councilman David Alvarez said it could have been used for housing in the interim. / Photo by Kinsee Morlan

San Diego has plenty of empty storefronts and plenty of people who need an affordable place to live. Now, politicians are dreaming of how they can prevent the first problem and alleviate the second.

“Councilmembers David Alvarez and Scott Sherman are proposing temporarily relaxing a rule requiring developers to build ground-floor retail space in new projects,” our Kinsee Morlan reports in a new story. “They want to couple it with rewriting the city’s live-work rules to open up who can live in the converted commercial spaces. They’re two of a series of proposals in the duo’s plan aimed at combating the city’s housing shortage.”

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