New Housing Construction Drops 41 Percent in San Francisco

Building permits aren't the same thing as new buildings, as San Francisco proved once again in 2018.

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April 11, 2019, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Adam Brinklow reports that the number of homes built in San Francisco in 2018 fell drastically from the year before, 41 percent, according to the city's newly published Housing Inventory [pdf].

"The number of new units built plunged 41 percent compared to 2017 (which was itself a decline from the previous year)," explains Brinklow. "In all, 'new housing in 2018 totaled over 2,600 units.' While this is 'about the same as the 10-year average net addition of 2,676,' it’s not good news during a housing crisis."

The city authorized more than double that number, and if all of those 6,097 permitted units had been built, it would have represented a gain in new housing compared to 2017.

The number of new affordable units was also down in 2018, to 645 units, or a 56 percent reduction.

The source article includes many more factoids from the report, including how the city and county of San Francisco compared to other counties in the region.

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