Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.

Loading up his car on with fresh cases of food picked up on Shotwell Street, Marcos Medina was ready to make a new set of deliveries. The 22-year-old, a full-time computer science student at City College, also works for Caviar, a food delivery company that also does catering for big companies. 

On average, he works between 30 to 40 hours a week to pay $1,400 a month for an apartment that he shares with six other roommates near Park Merced.

He can remember a time when the city wasn’t so expensive. When he was growing up near 24th Street, Medina would buy a soda or a snack at a nearby liquor store for a dollar. Now, he can only afford to share a bedroom. 

He has a simple reason for working so hard.

“I’m trying to stay in the city, get a tech job, a nice job and a nice house. Stuff like that,” Medina said. 

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  1. until we double our # of units, housing prices won’t go down. get rid of height limits and all the silly environmental appeals or stop complaining and accept the crazy rents.

  2. Rent control has driven up the cost of housing. The “shortage” exists because people no longer move or pass their rent controlled apartments on to friends or family. Many small owners hold their units vacant rather than deal with the tenants’ unions and the rent board. If someone like Dean Preston gets on the Board of Supervisors, it will get worse. People paying exorbitant rents should understand that they (along with the owner_are subsidizing others whose rents are frozen at 1980s levels.

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      Rents are not “frozen at 1980s levels”; they are limited to sixty percent of the San Francisco-Oakland CPI plus pass-throughs, capital improvements (which may include such thing as re-roofing), and other possible increases. Over the past thirty years, initial rents have increased far faster than the general rate of inflation.

  3. There have been billions of dollars taken from HUD ( not to mention other social programs) over the past 35 years. There is also a giant wealth gap. That is why there is a housing crisis and homelessness.

    Can anyone give an example of a small, dense city like SF with natural borders ( ie, not a sprawling Phoenix or Houston) that built its way out of a housing crisis? (Keep in mind SF is the second densest city in the US after Manhattan)?

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