San Francisco's Unofficial Market-Rate Housing Moratorium

A recent appeal of a Planning Department project approval has forced developers to examine the cumulative impact of all market-rate housing on the city's eastern neighborhoods.

"No one's quite sure what to call it yet, but it has shaken San Francisco's housing debate to its very core, pitting developers against proponents of low-income housing and blue-collar jobs.

San Francisco planning officials acknowledged March 16 that no developer in eastern San Francisco can build another market-rate unit until the city answers a key question:

How does a million-dollar loft impact the person who cleans that loft -- or works in a warehouse next door -- and needs a place in the city too?"

Full Story: A grinding halt

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