New Housing is Paying Fair Share for Growth

Revenue Sources

Last week I wrote about architect Mark Hogan’s analysis of housing costs in San Francisco. Hogan found that roughly 20 percent of unit costs in multifamily housing are attributable to the permitting process and fees. I suggested that if we could reduce some of those costs for non-profit, subsidized housing, we’d get more housing for […]

San Francisco Organization Works to Make Housing Affordable


San Francisco has become the reference point for high priced housing in a dense city. Everyone wants to avoid the housing scarcity problems San Francisco faces. I’ve even described the San Francisco Death Spiral, what happens when people crow about high housing prices and officials respond with more rules and taxes which leads to higher […]

Cut Rules in Half and Create 1,960 Affordable Housing Units


I recently posted a comparison of how much housing we’re getting from existing City programs—the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) and the Levy—and what we’re paying for that housing. I also compared those to Councilmember O’Brien’s questionable tax on new housing. What I found, is that we’re producing a lot of housing every year through these […]