SAN FRANCISCO—While new housing developmentproposals for San Francisco are in the news on a weeklybasis, the city's housing shortage remains anissue, and one that could actually impeded development, accordingto a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

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The paper said Tuesday that there is backlash againstdevelopment from locals who fear getting priced out oftheir own neighborhoods and completely out of the city.

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In June, voters approved a measure requiring a citywide vote forcertain large developments along the waterfront. TheJournal notes that this new power could loom over twolarge projects that had been considered likely gain cityapproval.

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Meanwhile, some developers are opposing a measure set to go tovoters this fall that would encourage at least 30% of new housingto be earmarked for low-income families. Developers say that wouldslow production.

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San Francisco's debate is being echoed in other large UScities where renewed prosperity is driving up rents onlongtime residents, including New York and Seattle.

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The article describes the administration of San FranciscoMayor Ed Lee as “trying to strike a balance,”noting that the mayor has pushed a plan to build 30,000 new unitsby 2020, and that the city wants about half of them to be for lowerincome families.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.