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  •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not saying the whole state should turn into the Inland Empire, or Phoenix or something. Those places have bad development policies too! But allowing densification in urban areas would be good for cities, lower housing prices, help the economy, and allow more people to enjoy the benefits of that ridiculously edenic landscape and climate. San Francisco could easily support hundreds of thousands more people, if not for Nimbyism, and that's even more true for places like Alameda County.

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      but I think the bigger problem is finding a way to encourage taller buildings in Fremont and San Jose. San Francisco has densified itself to epic proportions already.

    •  San Francisco's density is already 16.6k per (2+ / 0-)
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      square mile, second only to NY's 26k in the United States.  Boston and Chicago lag behind at 13k and 12k respectively.

      San Francisco, furthermore, has an incredibly dense feel, especially in neighborhoods like the Mission.  It's a lot of people crammed into a small peninsula, and I'm not certain you really want a whole lot more crammed in there.

      When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

      by litho on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:04:56 PM PST

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      •  I wouldn't mind being crammed in there! (0+ / 0-)

        But I doubt the local elected officials in SF are much interested in my views.

        Anyways, if you want to limit the point to Marin and San Mateo and Santa Clara and Alameda, etc., the point still stands.

        •  I hit the goal posts you originally put up (0+ / 0-)

          If you want to keep moving them, that's up to you.

          (And, yeah, I'd love to live in SF too.  I think I'd need to hit the PowerBall to do it, though.  And I don't play...)

          When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

          by litho on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:38:07 PM PST

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      •  Chicago (0+ / 0-)

        has greater densities if you were to take the whole northside. There's something like 1.25 million people in 50 square miles from downtown to Evanston. San Fran has something like 49 sq. miles.

        L.A. also has surprising densities that most people don't realize exists. Although L.A. isn't as ped friendly as San Fran or many of the cities in the Northeast.

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