Addressing housing affordability also means addressing class and wealth.

Addressing housing affordability also means addressing class and wealth.

To bolster this progressive stance, upzoning should always be accompanied by inclusionary zoning. But a more radical approach, and one that would really give coastal liberals pause, would to be to upzone only neighborhoods above a certain median income threshold, or those that have historically excluded people of color. Upzoning these areas to allow more mixed-use, mixed-income development “opens up middle-class housing opportunities in these otherwise off-limits communities without any risk of displacing low-income residents,” Shaw writes. Good luck arguing against that, my silver-haired comrades.

To Win the Housing War, We Need to Lose Single-Family Zoning

In my neighborhood in San Francisco (or, more accurately, my parents’ neighborhood) there’s a plan afoot to build 42 units of new housing in two parking lots, just steps from a light rail line.

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  1. I agree. The challenge is that, at least in SF’s closest suburbs, the older, property-owning residents are the ones who show up for town hall meetings, informational workshops, planning commission meetings, and council meetings, and who vote. Even though many Bay Area cities have a different vision, even the smallest changes are very hard to accomplish. (Source: I’m on the planning commission in my city.)

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