By Jane Kim : sfexaminer – excerpt
We’re on the edge of a tipping point in the Bay Area — and in San Francisco especially. People move to great cities because of the opportunities, active networks, arts and vibrant culture cities offer. But as our cities have become more and more crowded, prices have jumped astronomically and everyone is feeling the pinch.
Our cities aren’t building enough affordable and middle-income housing. Longtime small businesses and arts venues are being forced to move out of the neighborhoods they have served as anchors in for decades due to rising rents. Transit options are limited, and many residents commute for hours because they can’t afford to live in the communities where they work. In fact, one million of the Bay Area’s 3.5 million workers commute over at least one county boundary every day on their way to work.
All of these problems are interconnected, and it’s impacting our region and city.
This is urgent, but we still have time to enact smart policies that can help us address these challenges.
I’m hosting a series of forums bringing together thought leaders on important policy topics. Our goal is to work toward real, concrete solutions. The first forum will be on housing, transportation and urban planning on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Mission High School. I’m honored to be joined by Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Mayor of Los Angeles; Lateefah Simon, a transit activist and California State University trustee; and David Talbot, founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon and the best-selling author of “Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love.”…
These are complicated issues, but there are real solutions out there that can work for our communities…
I look forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts and ideas on how our city can work for all of us.
Jane Kim represents District 6 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.… (more)