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Oakland Shows How To Expand Californias Housing Supply

Californias housing crisis, particularly in the Bay Area , is notorious and well covered, with news stories chronicling homeless encampments, pod housing, and people forced to live in cars. But a surprising and encouraging piece of news emerged from Oakland recently. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , Oakland will produce almost 50 percent more housing units this year than San Francisco 6,800 versus 4,700 though Oakland has half the population and only 40 percent as many jobs as San Francisco. Just as surprising is the jump in Oaklands housing production: the number of units brought to market in 2019 will be almost 15 times the number completed in 2018 and more than three times the number of units produced between 2013 and 2018 combined.