The Bay Area Needs Affordable Housing

When Governor Jerry Brown killed redevelopment two years ago, he cited the need to divert property tax revenues to education and other social programs. And while funding such services is essential to the state’s economic well-being, the governor’s decision also had a major downside: It choked off the ability of cities to finance affordable housing. And a study released last week, co-authored by a UC Berkeley researcher, provided strong evidence that cities need to build more affordable housing and mixed-income housing developments now more than ever. If they don’t, then large numbers of urban families may be doomed to […]