What the city new housing policy will mean

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt


This photo was taken a few years ago when the sky was visible on Third Street. That sky is now obscured by towering properties going up on all sides, that supposedly take advantage of the “rich transit areas” near the Third Street T-Line. The neighbors beg to differ. They do not feel “enough” is being done to mitigate the effects of the additional traffic. No one has the answer to solving that problem, but adding more buildings without parking has not worked yet. Commuting Uber and Lyfts have replaced the privately owned cars. Many feel we were better off with our off-street parking than with the new on-call vehicles. Photo by zrants.

It’s way better than the original plan. But community groups are still going to demand more from developers

San Francisco wound up with a sweeping new affordable housing policy this week, one that will encourage the demolition of some existing low-rise commercial buildings housing neighborhood businesses, increase density in many parts of town, and set affordability levels lower than what the voters approved last year but higher than what some supervisors wanted.

It’s a compromise that is going to shape housing policy for the immediate future – and is aimed overall at encouraging somewhere around 30,000 new housing units without any discussion of how the city will pay for the infrastructure to support them… (more)


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