This is just a pointer to an exhaustive (and I mean looonnnggg) post at TechCrunch all about the housing crisis in SF. Many people don't care about that topic, but if you do I highly recommend reading this. It's not perfect, and I'm sure there are things in it that any of us might disagree with. But a lot of what's happening in SF right now will happen in other major cities in the not-too-distant future. From DC to NYC to Atlanta to Dallas to Denver and Seattle, city populations are rising faster than housing is being built. SF is just the immediate microcosm of forced evictions, rising rents, and home values that seem to make almost no sense. From TechCrunch:
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse people who have helped create it. At least that's the story you've read in hundreds of articles lately.
It doesn't have to be this way. But everyone who lives in the Bay Area today needs to accept responsibility for making changes where they live so that everyone who wants to be here, can.
The alternative — inaction and self-absorption — very well could create the cynical elite paradise and middle-class dystopia that many fear. I've spent time looking into the city's historical housing and development policies. With the protests escalating again, I am pretty tired of seeing the city's young and disenfranchised fight each other amid an extreme housing shoupdatertage created by 30 to 40 years of NIMBYism (or "Not-In-My-Backyard-ism") from the old wealth of the city and down from the peninsula suburbs.
Here is a very long explainer. Sorry, this isn't a shorter post or that I didn't break it into 20 pieces. If you're wondering why people are protesting you, how we got to this housing crisis, why rent control exists or why tech is even shifting to San Francisco in the first place, this is meant to provide some common points of understanding.