Gabriel Metcalf

Housing: the urbanist approach

Not one more inch of farmland in California would need to be developed if we were just willing to put growth inside existing cities

OPINION We're in a tough spot as a city when it comes to housing costs. As the price of living here goes ever higher, we lose everything special about the culture of San Francisco.

Here's the dilemma: more people want to live here than we are creating places for.

Why do people want to live here? Cultural tolerance. Economic opportunity. To be part of a community that doesn't feel like the rest of the United States. The same mix of reasons that caused most of us to come here.

But we are barely adding to the supply of housing. Read more »