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How San Francisco Became The Least Affordable City In The Us

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A great quality of life and a lot of high-paying professional jobs meant that a lot of people wanted to live here. And they still do.

But the city did not allow its housing supply to keep up with demand. San Francisco was down-zoned (that is, the density of housing or permitted expansion of construction was reduced) to protect the "character" that people loved. It created the most byzantine planning process of any major city in the country.

Many outspoken citizens did—and continue to do—everything possible to fight new high-density development or, as they saw it, protecting the city from undesirable change.

Read more: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/10/san-francisco-exodus/7205/#ixzz2hnZwwY5m

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It is as expensive as London or new york. However, it is still a beautiful city, but you may have to live in the outer suburbs or dormitory towns. Worth it.

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Geography doesn't really help. London can easily expand on all sides (although the eastern side is prone to a bit wet). SF is enclosed on three sides by water and by a whacking great hill to the south, and about as built-up as it can get without increasing housing density. There is scope down the peninsula, but even with the half decent public transport SF has, it would need more.

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The homeless people in San Francisco are there because San Francisco is a significantly better place than average to be homeless.

It's full of tourists and rich liberals. Rich pickings.

As implied in the article, if San Francisco rents are too high, you go live in Oakland. It's not the cause of the homeless people in San Francisco (there are a lot, and they are plenty noticeable).

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