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Something constructive from tech

Something constructive from tech | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Frustrated by their industry being blamed for San Francisco's housing crisis, a group of tech workers helped out Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco site in the Ocean View neighborhood, where the organization is constructing 28 single-family homes priced below market rate. Software engineer Ryo Chijiiwa, who organized the outing, felt that whether or not tech is truly to blame for the city's lack of affordable housing, tech workers should do something about it - and in this case, build some of it.
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What $3,500/Month Can Rent You Around San Francisco

What $3,500/Month Can Rent You Around San Francisco | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, where we scour San Francisco's rental listings to see what your monthly budget will get you across the city. This week, we're investigating apartments listed...
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New Down Payment Loans May Make More SF Homeowners

New Down Payment Loans May Make More SF Homeowners | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Is it cheaper to buy a house in San Francisco than it is to rent? In some cases, yes. Mayor Ed Lee has
proposed $15 million in new contributions from the…
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Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco counties have lowest unemployment - San Francisco Business Times

Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco counties have lowest unemployment - San Francisco Business Times | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco counties have lowest unemployment
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How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State? | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up)

The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up) | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
An influx of tech-sector money in San Francisco, where new construction is difficult, is driving up prices and making options scarce for those not earning Silicon Valley salaries.
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New York’s Affordable Housing Shortage

New York’s Affordable Housing Shortage | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
With energy and some ingenuity, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration could make a dent.
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What Would You Do to Keep Your Apartment?

What Would You Do to Keep Your Apartment? | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
It’s called the Golden Handcuff Syndrome. At least, this is what an anonymous commenter on Craigslist tells me about the paradox many SFers find themselves in: violating the lease to keep…
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Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Why Gentrification Is  So Hard to Stop | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Gentrification isn't new -- it's actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.
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The Man in the Middle of San Francisco's Class Crisis

The Man in the Middle of San Francisco's Class Crisis | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
TIME talks to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee about technology, inequality and Google buses
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Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference | TechCrunch

Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference | TechCrunch | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Venture capitalists Ron Conway and Chamath Palihapitiya got caught up in a shouting match toward the end of one session on inequality at The Next Big Thing..
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Laundry App CEO Seriously Compares Silicon Valley To Housing Crisis

Laundry App CEO Seriously Compares Silicon Valley To Housing Crisis | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
The revolutionizing powers of the tech industry haven't just been summoned as a middleman between you and local restaurants. No, Silicon Valley has also marshaled its intellectual superiority to put apps between you and local laundromats. New York magazine recently traveled to California to investigate this democratic tide (of delivery).
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How New York Is Building an Entire Neighborhood on Top of a Rail Yard

How New York Is Building an Entire Neighborhood on Top of a Rail Yard | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Hudson Yards, a 26-acre space with 17 million square feet of buildings, will be suspended over 30 active train tracks.
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Public land could hold promise for more San Francisco housing - San Francisco Business Times

Public land could hold promise for more San Francisco housing - San Francisco Business Times | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
San Francisco has begun to look at how it might convert some of its own land into new homes. Will the initiative spur construction of thousands of homes or will it get bogged down amid bureaucratic inertia.
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Is San Francisco New York?

Is San Francisco New York? | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Ex–Wall Street bros, hacker hostels, self-loathing techies: dispatches from a city, newly flushed with wealth, that doesn’t quite know what to do with itself.
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Sorry, It's Not Tech Money Ruining San Francisco

Sorry, It's Not Tech Money Ruining San Francisco | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
They're being targeted as harbingers of evil as their buses chug through otherwise inaccessible, gentrified neighborhoods. Now San Francisco's tech workers are fighting back with a networking event called the Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour, that, in addition to sounding like a whole lot of fun, hopes to gather attendees who are "sick of being blamed for SF's housing crisis."
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“Homeownership gives you leverage” : Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

“Homeownership gives you leverage” : Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
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Renting a Tent in the Bay Area Now $700/Month

Renting a Tent in the Bay Area Now $700/Month | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
In yet another sign that the world is about
to come to an end, you can now rent a tent in Berkeley for $700/month — or $175/week, if your camping plans
are shorter-lived. [Update: it…
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Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing?

Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing? | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Can local cities subsidize units people can pay for, without help from the state?
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Where Did San Franciscans Move to (and Where Did They Come From)?

Where Did San Franciscans Move to (and Where Did They Come From)? | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, released on Wednesday, shows interesting data about the nation's population during 2008 to 2012. The survey was taken over a…
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Even VC billionaire Vinod Khosla thinks S.F. rent is insane

Even VC billionaire Vinod Khosla thinks S.F. rent is insane | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
The gap between the haves and have-nots is something that has been on Khosla's mind a lot lately - and not just because activists have portrayed him as the embodiment of Silicon Valley greed for blocking public access to a beach near his property near Half Moon Bay. The Sun Microsystems co-founder, who is embroiled in a legal battle over a strip of coastline called Martins Beach, built a fortune founding technology companies and funding them. Other Silicon Valley titans, including Mark Zuckerberg, have poured millions into breaking down the digital divide, hoping that increasing access to technology will decrease the wealth gap. [...] Khosla says bridging the digital divide is a much smaller issue than the widening divide that new technologies create. "What's happening is if you have a great idea and the technical skills to implement it, you can create disproportionate wealth very quickly," he said.
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Silicon Valley Landlord Tried to Evict Rent-Controlled Tenant Over a 75-Cent Debt

Silicon Valley Landlord Tried to Evict Rent-Controlled Tenant Over a 75-Cent Debt | Bay Area Housing | Scoop.it
Bloomberg News has been reporting of late on the real-estate situation in East Palo Alto, California, which is one of the few remaining islands of low-rent housing in a Silicon Valley market flooded with startup cash. Many apartments in East Palo Alto are protected by rent-control laws. But one major...
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