Does Land Use Planning Equal Unaffordable Housing In San Francisco?

Randal O'Toole blames land use planning for high housing costs in San Francisco in this op-ed column.
May 23, 2006, 11am PDT | Arnab Chakraborty
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"...as recently as 1970, Bay Area housing was as affordable as housing in many other parts of the country...What happened in the 1970s to make Bay Area housing so unaffordable? In a nutshell: land-use planning."

O'Toole criticizes legislation enacted by local governments since the 70s and ties its impacts to social justice, economic mobility, and so-called progressive attitude.

O'Toole also criticizes the planning efforts to mandate construction of affordable units -- "The solution to the Bay Area's housing affordability crisis is not a few units of affordable housing, but widespread land-use deregulation that will make housing more affordable for everyone."

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Published on Monday, May 22, 2006 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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