Most of America’s biggest problems - inequality, climate change - are at some level a housing problem. There’s a lot of solutions, but the most important, building more housing, is the hardest. My story on an epic development fight that illustrates why.
Just before the city approved the comprise project, an upstart housing group called the Bay Area Renters’ Federation (BARF) sued to try and make the city go back to the original 315-unit apartment project. The suit was unsuccessful but the city had to pay them to go away.
After the first suit was gone, a second activist group, made up of neighbors who hated both projects, sued to try and force an election to undo the city’s approval of the new 44 single-family home project (which was designed to placate neighbors, but obviously didn’t).