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Semi-Serious Op-Ed Calls for Worker Dorms in San Francisco

A provocative argument or a cautionary tale—an op-ed illustrates the level of conversation surrounding San Francisco's ongoing housing crises and controversies.
September 15, 2015, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Mark Morford pulls no punches in arguing for a old-fashioned solution to a 21st century problem: "In short, SF is tired of taking the full brunt of the worker housing burden. It’s time the tech giants built their own employee lodging. Apartments. Dorms. Micro-dorms. Pods, bunks, closets, converted rail cars, whatever. Just make them clean, environmentally efficient, reasonably attractive from the outside, and – perhaps most importantly – a good distance from the urban cultural center. Easy!"

The article is more than a little tongue and cheek in applies vitriol liberally to the 7x7 area, coining terms like "techtosterone" and reducing the city's infamous new residents to just one gender. But Morford also cites examples from Seattle and even San Francisco itself for examples of companies or people looking for more creative solutions to the housing crunch. He also proposes a few, probably dead on arrival, policy ideas, like requiring tech companies to build subsidized housing for their employees and allowing zoning and new building codes that allow dorms on site at some of the tech companies.

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Published on Friday, September 11, 2015 in San Francisco Chronicle
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