There Are No Easy Solutions To San Francisco’s Housing Crisis

No easy solutions, but here’s one: drop the one family/one building model and facilitate other options which used to exist, like the boarding house, the decent residential hotel (Air bnb of the 19th century), dorms, and so on, all at an affordable rate. The thing that will demonstrate whether progress has occurred between 1800 and now will be whether we can do this without lowering safety standards back to 1800 levels at the same time. In Vancouver, developers put many live/work studios on the market cheap, but they did so because they didn’t have to meet the fire and earthquake codes. That’s not good enough.


Today at Disrupt SF, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu and Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman discussed efforts to make the city more accessible to a larger number of residents. That means more housing, of course, but it also means helping residents who aren’t in the tech industry to see benefits from the boom in business here.

First up was housing, which has been an issue as the influx of new residents in San Francisco has led to a drastic increase in prices. There are no easy solutions to the housing crisis in San Francisco, in part because the crunch is being caused by a lack of housing development in other parts of the region.

Most successful development plans take into account where the jobs are and building housing around them, according to Chiu. But the people taking jobs in the South Bay are generally not able to get housing there and…

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