is a fucking disaster (as it is in Boston) and the NIMBYism is out of control. Last month a bill
that would have allowed for some more density was blocked in the state legislature. People like that their homes are now worth millions and are horrified at the thought of someone building a three- or four-story multi-family building near their two-story, single family house. It's maddening.
Ah, but apparently in Oakland they have formally opened a 'secure' parking area for people to live in their RVs...with an onsite manager, portaloos, and mobile shower trucks visiting weekly.
This town makes me feel guilty for having taken a holiday as a reward for working hard at my job.
Back in the mid 1980's I visited SF for the first time. We checked the guide book and it said Union Square was the place to go, so off we went. It was a cardboard city and very intimidating with many 100's of people living in the streets, we beat a retreat.
I kind of agree with their views though. If you live near state housing in our neck of the woods, you can expect a lot of trouble in the area in addition to the house being heavily vandalised and a frequent flow of people in and out of it, many of whom don't deserve the house.
The average monthly rent for an apartment in SF is now $3,600. There are a lot of pretty regular people who can't afford to live anywhere near where they work because the people who are already there don't want anyone else to be able to enjoy what they have. They suck.
I do agree chewing up space when the world's population is getting bigger is a bit selfish.
Admittedly I can't easily imagine not having my own house all to myself - Adelaide doesn't really have medium density housing, much less apartment blocks, and does still have room to grow. (I was a bit horrified when the Asian lady next door said to me "You have no children, would you like some of my friends to live with you?") But when I read about SF's "working poor" who understandably can't get anywhere with median house prices $1.35 million, that just seems like an impossible situation.