How Politics in San Francisco Deepens the City’s Housing Crisis

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The housing crisis in California is well documented (see, for example, my report How to Restore the California Dream). Perhaps nowhere is the crisis worse than in San Francisco. Two recent incidents reveal how political gamesmanship in San Francisco deepens the crisis by making it impossible to build housing quickly and affordably.
Brookfield Properties wants to build 2,930 residential units at San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria mall. After years of community input, Brookfield submitted its proposal to the city’s planning department in December 2021.
The project would demolish an abandoned United Artists movie theater, built in 1970, to construct an eight-story building with

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