- Nov 2016
Heminger estimated that it would take “over a million” new housing units “to make a dent in the shortfall.” The real challenge, he said, is “to fit that growth in the communities we cherish,” adding, in a non sequitur: “We need to change what the Bay Area looks like.”
That's not a non-sequitur at all. If you build a bunch of things, it will change the landscape.
This statement was totally on point and to the point: defending "neighborhood character", as more conservative voices often do, is at odds with major development.
Strictly speaking, this is true. No jurisdiction can be legally compelled to designate a Priority Development Area. The region’s 191 PDAs were all nominated by local jurisdictions. San Francisco’s PDAs were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2007.
And yet, earlier in this article, the process is criticized for being undemocratic. Which is it, dude?