Despite City Councilmember Tony Daysog declaring that there is “too much housing” some elected officials around the Bay Area would disagree with that assessment. In Medium, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener points to a map produced by the MTC that shows, visually, the shortfall of housing units by 2040. From the piece:
To address the Bay Area’s housing needs, the region adopted housing goals for the 2015–2040 time period, with each city or town having a numerical target for housing production. The Bay Area as a whole needs to produce around 660,000 units between now and 2040 to keep up with population growth.
We need much stronger incentives for local communities to accept new housing, for example, establishing a stronger connection between transportation funding and housing production. The region can provide these incentives, and the State Legislature can provide even stronger incentives.
Yet, regardless of how we approach the problem, change is necessary. If we continue to make it incredibly hard, expensive, lengthy, and at times impossible to add housing, imagine what housing costs will look like with 2.1 million additional people, and imagine what our roads will look like as more and more people are forced into lengthy commutes since they simply can’t afford housing within the Bay Area.
Unsurprisingly, Alameda is not projected to complete its fair share (at the rate its going) until the year 2740.
Yes, I did not mistype that, the year 2740. 700 years after the deadline.
Of course it’s not nearly as bad as some cities like Richmond which has a completion date of “never” but it’s still pretty grim given story after story of displacement that has become almost the rule as opposed to the exception.
Add to that the recent news about Uber which has signed a lease to take over the Sears Building in downtown Oakland in which only 1 of 5 employees of Uber live in Oakland will put additional pressure on the city closest to downtown Oakland (hint that’s us!). I think it’s going to get much much worse before it gets better as long as we have the attitudes that currently exist on the Council.