SF’s Housing Crisis Explained

My hat is off to Kim-Mai Cutler for writing the most comprehensive and even-handed article I’ve seen about the San Francisco housing crisis.

She dives deep into the issue, beyond the usual activist versus developers/gentrifiers narrative, to look at the root causes. She makes the connections between Proposition 13 and rent control, between San Francisco’s baroque permitting process and high construction costs, and discusses how the larger region’s NIMBY tendencies concentrate the issue.

This is long, but well-worth your time to read.