Affordable Housing

From the Nov. 23, 1963 Humboldt Times:

Homes For Sale
Pierson Homes
In McKinleyville, Parkside Subdivision – a restricted residential area with water system, natural gas, paved streets and walks, 3 bedrooms with reverse plan, living room in rear, opening to big fenced yard and terrace. Fireplace built-ins, master bedroom carpeted wall to wall, XXXX McKinleyville Avenue. FHA, GI, Cal-Vet or conventional financing.
Pierson Homes
4100 B’dwy
HI 3-0831


$62.50, unfurnished, 2 bedroom house. Water and garbage paid. Call 839-****



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10 responses to “Affordable Housing

  1. AJ

    I’m not sure I want to live in a city where water, natural gas, paved roads and sidewalks are listed as amenities.

    Is 4100 B’dwy the street address?

  2. JJ

    I believe that is the business address

  3. jackdurham

    Correct. That’s the Pierson address in Eureka. They built the homes. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Parkside Subdivision is located off McKinleyville Avenue behind the high school.

    Having paved roads, sidewalks, water and natural gas would be significant back in 1963. Many of McKinleyville’s existing neighbors still don’t have sidewalks and paved roads. They weren’t always required long ago.

  4. AJ

    Oh, I know. The strangest story I’ve heard is about an open sewer trench running down Central. Any truth to that one?

  5. jackdurham

    I’ve heard that repeated over and over. I’m not sure if it’s literally true (but it might be). I don’t doubt that there were septic system failures, which may have resulted in contaminated ditches. Perhaps an old-timer can set the record straight.

  6. AJ

    In my day, we didn’t have these indoor toilets that removed your waste when you needed it. There was only one toilet in McKinleyville – it was open only one hour a year. And you’d get in line, seventeen miles long, and the line became an angry mob of people – fornicators and thieves, mutant children and circus freaks – and you waited for years and by the time you go to the toilet, you were senile and arthritic and you couldn’t remember your own name. You were born, got in line, and ya died! And that’s the way it was and we liked it!

    Apologies to SNL.

  7. TimH

    The version I heard was when they put the sewer system in most of the wells dried up.

  8. Jack Durham

    Back in the day, they didn’t even have a pot to piss in.

  9. Random Guy

    If you spend too much time in Hiller Park, you’ll get sick. I’m positive it’s because of the waste water treatment center it’s built around. You can smell it in the air there all the time. Paved roads? Who cares. Really…who cares. Why did you move onto a dirt road in the first place if you genuinely care? Would you give up the big field next to your house where you walk your dog, and the lack of traffic for a couple hundred feet of pavement to drive on when you get home? Would you pay $300 more in rent per month for it? I wouldn’t. No way, no how, never.

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