I knew that Berkeley is a nuclear free zone but I have just learned that it is “goat friendly”. I live in Berkeley a few weeks each year and I often hear chickens clucking in some backyards. To a guy from NYC that is funky stuff. “Dairy goats are becoming the next frontier for some urbanites eager to produce their own food. Although the animals are illegal in many cities, including New York, Ms. Kooy unearthed a San Francisco health department clause that allows two goats per household, and aspiring goat-keepers in Portland, Ore., and Berkeley, Calif., have been thrilled to discover similar goat-friendly ordinances. In other cities, enthusiasts are lobbying for more-lenient regulations.” Will Westwood be the next domino in this chain?
Now, as you know, I’m the Director of Research at the UCLA Ziman Real Estate Center . After reading the goat article, I have decided that we should focus on this topical research question; “Other neighbors worried that the goats might affect their property values.” If you’d like to join my goat resesarch team, please contact me. All jokes aside, this is an interesting local externality issue. Are you a good neighbor?