If you are one of the unhappy San Francisco residents or a middle class citizen this plan will not please you.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will host an open house to receive comments regarding Plan Bay Area 2040. The open house is Wednesday, May 17, 2017 between 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the MTC headquarters at 375 Beal Street ( about a 10 minute walk for Embarcadero Station). DRAFT PLAN LINK
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now available; comment on the DEIR and the Draft Plan through June 1.
Some statistics include:
* 501,000 jobs added between 2011 and 2015
* 65,000 housing units built between 2011 and 2015
* Regionally 1 house built for every 8 jobs created.
Where will the region plan for the 820,000 new households forecasted between 2010 and 2040. Regionally by 2040, 3.4 million households are forecasted. 46% will be in the “Big 3 Cities” — SF, Oakland, San Jose.
1.3 million new jobs (36% in the Big 3 Cities)
So what does it all mean? Climate Change, Housing costs and displacement, Economic Development and Environmental Impact and Transportation.
A question raised at a recent MTC committee meeting was: Should cities seeking economic development take responsibility for housing? (Think the Menlo Park Facebook Expansion). The local Menlo Park approval for 6,000 more jobs has regional impact.
No mention of a Public Regional Express Bus System to move the population. More Private Commuter buses operating on your residential street?
Draft Plan and Draft EIR at Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan
It’s not surprising that President Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan would hollow out the middle class. Income tax reductions will be robust for corporations and those in the highest income brackets. Others won’t fare so well.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren warns of the demise of the middle class in her book, “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.” She writes about growing up in the 1950s, when minimum wage supported a family of four. In 2017, minimum wage can’t support a household of two.
But hold on a minute before simply bashing Trump. Are you surprised that progressive California Democrats are implementing strategies that increase economic inequality?…
Now Plan Bay Area 2040’s “Regional Forecast of Jobs, Population and Housing” shows the rich and the poor growing to the highest numbers, but not the middle. The historic bell-shaped curve is inverted…
The plan forecasts: “The ‘hollowing out’ of the middle is projected to continue over the next 25 years. Household growth will be strongest in the highest income category, reflecting the expected strength of growth in high-wage sectors combined with non-wage income — interest, dividends, capital gains, transfers.”…
Further: “Household growth will also be high in the lowest-wage category, reflecting occupational shifts, wages stagnation, as well as the retirement of seniors without pension assets.”…(more)