Here's yet another tale of woe from the front lines of the affordable housing crunch, via the San Jose Mercury News.
Living in San Jose, Kathleen Eaton seemingly had it all: a well-paying job, a home in a gated community, even the Bay Area's temperate weather.
But enduring a daily grind that made her feel like a "gerbil on a wheel," Eaton reached her limit.
Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area's insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures -- 2,000 miles away in Ohio.
"It was a struggle in California," Eaton said. "It was a very difficult place to live. ... It's a vicious circle."
Eaton is far from alone.