Last week, Newsweek wrote a story (www.newsweek.com/rent-control-...) about the effect of rent control on gentrification, and called SFHAC for comment. Outlining the discussion across the country, Executive Director Todd David reiterated the fact that the overall solution to extremely high housing costs is increasing home creation at all levels of affordability. A complimentary report by the Cato Institute emphasizing the economics of rent control can be read here (www.cato.org/blog/rent-control...).
Rent control policies could actually be making income inequality worse in gentrifying cities such as San Francisco, a new paper from Stanford University researchers argues.
Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener wrote a Medium piece (medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/my-tr...) addressing recent reactions to his newly unveiled Senate Bill 827. The goal of the proposed legislation is to promote more housing in transit-rich areas, such as BART stations. By creating mid-rise housing up to 45, 55, or 85 feet around reliable transportation, this bill is a massive leap forward toward housing solutions. The San Francisco Business Times expressed their agreement in this piece (www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancis...), and our friends at Grow The Richmond also further the conversation about how this bill fits their vision of San Francisco on Medium (medium.com/yes-in-my-blog-yes/...).
Our recent announcement of my bill (Senate Bill 827) allowing for more housing near public transportation has drawn a lot of attention…
"According to the new study by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, community-owned broadband networks provide consumers with significantly lower rates than their private-sector counterparts."
Community-owned internet service providers are cheaper and better.
FHMP is entering the next phase of the project to re-imagine Harvey Milk Plaza as a tribute to Harvey Milk and the LGBT civil rights movement. This phase of the process will begin with community input by providing opportunities for interactive community engagement.
The purpose of these meetings will enable FHMP and Perkins Eastman to listen and navigate a design process that is propelled forward by community feedback. These community meetings will allow community members to explore and share their thoughts and work collaboratively with other interested members of the community.
All are invited and encouraged to attend. In addition to the four planned community meetings, various mediums for public engagement, including online participation are planned. Details can be found on our website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages:
After months of early research and exploration, connecting with communities throughout the Bay Area, learning our history, and bringing in the best of science, 10 local sites, threatened by climate change, have been selected for the Collaborative Design Phase of the Challenge.
During the Design Phase, local residents, public officials, engineers, architects, and other experts will come together to develop resilient solutions that address the impacts of climate change and regional inequality before disaster strikes.
Learn more: www.resilientbayarea.org/meet-...
Liam Dillon of the LA Times breaks down three of the biggest housing issues this year. After an incredibility successful 2017, how will the California legislature follow up on their progress?
In the midst of the Bay Area's housing shortage, recent decisions in Washington, D.C. have made it even harder to address our region's housing needs. Come learn the latest on tax reform, the federal budget and the policy actions that are affecting the future of the housing market. Leading experts will discuss how these actions impact our ability to create and maintain effective housing policies and much-needed affordable housing.
+ Ophelia Basgal / UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation
+ Matt Schwartz / California Housing Partnership
Scott Weiner shares his 2018 housing bill proposals: medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/calif...
Last year, California began a pivot from a housing-last policy to a housing-first policy.