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Housing Solution: Update Local Rent Control Law to Prevent Mass Displacement

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. If San Francisco were able to do the same thing it did 35 years ago to address out-of-control rent increases, the residents of as many as 50,000 apartments would be spared the ravages of the current environment of housing hyperinflation.  Read more
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Working Groups Envision Plans for an Affordable San Francisco

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. San Francisco should encourage building owners throughout the less-dense western neighborhoods to build upward a little bit — by placing prefabricated units on existing rooftops.  Read more
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Pitching Visions of an Affordable San Francisco at ‘Hack the Housing Crisis’

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. San Francisco has become the epicenter of the Bay Area’s affordability crisis, with high-tech corporations moving in, rents climbing skyward, and despair and evictions sweeping through long-established but lower-income communities.  Read more
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Seeking San Francisco Affordable Housing Solutions, 20 Seconds at a Time

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. The scene on the second floor at SPUR in San Francisco Tuesday evening could well have been a metaphor for the crowding now besetting the city: A standing-room-only mob overflowing into the adjacent lobby where late-commers struggled to see slide presentations offering new ideas to solve the dire lack of affordable housing.  Read more