"'Existential' isn't a word associated with apartments and condominiums, but the ongoing efforts to build affordable housing in California are downright you-know-what.
What's been accomplished is heroic, especially in the Bay Area. The results often benefit entire neighborhoods as well as the residents. The overall numbers are impressive, measured in the tens of thousands.
All of which is well and good. But after a decadeslong run, during which housing costs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley drove workers to distant subdivisions now ghostly, the challenge is as daunting as ever: finding a way to make this region and state a place where people of all income levels can find safe, attractive places to live."