Colin Dentel-Post 
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Re: “Plans Unveiled for 384 New Apartments at 14th and Alice Streets in Oakland

The Bay Area's housing affordability crisis is a direct result of our region having built too few housing units for the number of people who are living and moving here. With too few housing units, people bid prices up. To address the overall supply crisis, we need lots of new housing at all income levels, including market-rate units. No one building is going to solve our crisis, because it has been years in the making. But as long as people make it difficult and expensive for developers to build new units like these, housing prices will just keep going up.

So building new housing is, in fact, a benefit to us all. Would it be even more beneficial if some of those units were dedicated affordable housing? Yes - but not if the cost of subsidizing those units means the development doesn't pencil out and we end up with zero new housing here instead.

If only every ugly surface parking lot in Oakland could be replaced with new homes!

Posted by Colin Dentel-Post on 12/04/2015 at 11:34 PM

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