Amen. Its really a very simple solution to a problem 100% created by San Francisco politics. You simply can't limit development below the rate of population growth, create affordable housing by fiat, and not have prices rise like this. I wish we could force the Supervisors to take (and pass) an Econ 101 course before they took office. They might actually do things that make sense instead of living in their "progressive" bubble world.
I've been getting sporadic delivery so I have no idea what is going on. I have most definitely NEVER seen this "Green Team" in my neighborhood. There are newspapers on the sidewalk all day & night and no one ever comes to pick them up. I'll send them an email and if that doesn't get anywhere follow up with Supervisor Weiner's staff
@Alan - Rules, regulations, bureaucracy & NIMBYism. Building in SF is worse than a communist country (at least there you know who to bribe). I did a major 1 year house renovation but it took 15 months to get all the permits & approvals! 15 mos during an awful recession with tons of people unemployed - every few weeks since the initial public permit filing I received desperate calls from contractors asking to bid on the job but no one could work for another year+ thanks to city bureaucrats.
The real solution is high density housing but SF has height restrictions everywhere. Neighbors always want to stop developments: sfappeal.com/news/2012/09/next... even though high end, high density housing opens up other housing for everyone else.
Its political dogma on the left to get affordable housing by fighting economic market forces but its a losing battle. Build it & prices will go down!
Sorry, some travel dropped me off the map for a few weeks. I'm not hugely invested in the idea but I would certainly use a tool lending library if it existed and I'd be happy to help to the extent I'm able.
Russel - do you want to meet sometime next week to discuss? I work near Union Square. Is there a way to contact people directly/privately through Neighborland? You can DM me on twitter @tarul