By Daniel Borenstein : mercurynews – excerpt
Tired of subsidizing irresponsible billionaires? Here’s a plan to provide more housing in the right places
Here’s an idea to address the Bay Area’s transportation and housing crisis: Stop making it worse.
Since the Great Recession, the Bay Area has added 722,000 jobs but constructed only 106,000 housing units.
Little wonder rents and home prices have soared – and even people with jobs live in cars or on the streets. Little wonder freeways are gridlocked and commuter trains are packed.
It’s time to stop digging this housing deficit hole deeper. We need more housing. But we need it in the right places.
Bay Area cities with housing shortfalls – San Francisco, Cupertino, Menlo Park and Palo Alto, for example – should stop adding more buildings for jobs unless they provide commensurate new housing…
The key is to put jobs next to housing and housing next to jobs.
The anti-growth movement being discussed around San Francisco Bay Area is being echoed around the country. In NY City, residents of Brooklyn objected to the Amazon invasion. They lost that battle, but, warning shots are being fired by irate citizens who want relief from the forced density and unlimited growth policies of the last decade.
It is time to support a housing jobs balance policy. Putting housing where the jobs are and jobs where the housing will eliminate the need for more transportation infrastructure and get the taxpayers off the hook for increased development costs.