Rent control has been a way for cities to regulate their housing prices and evictions since World War One, in the wake of a big housing shortage in New York. But that doesn’t mean it’s common. In fact, only a handful of cities in the United States have rent control, like New York City, Los Angeles, a few cities in the Bay Area and San Francisco.
African Americans are leaving San Francisco at an alarming rate. They make up just six percent of the population, down from over 13 percent in 1970 and have a higher unemployment rate than whites and other minorities.
The Bay Area is one of the most congested places in the whole country – behind Los Angeles and Honolulu. Over the next 30 years, another two million people are expected to move here. So, how are we are all going to fit?