| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

The Insane Battle To Sabotage a New Apartment Building Explains San Francisco’s Housing Crisis

I applied to the city in early 2014
to turn my coin-operated laundry into housing. We sit at ground zero of anti-gentrification
in San Francisco. No monsters in the Mission! Getting this property approved has so far
taken longer than it took the United States to win
World War 2. I’ve spent $1.2 million. Whose city? Our city! The Board of Supervisors denied the project because it cast a partial shadow on an adjacent schoolyard. If you’re wondering why housing in San Francisco
is expensive, they make it expensive here. It is intentional. Sky-high rents in San Francisco… They pay $7000 a month… …a 54% rent increase It’s just been such a steady climb… …dramatically in the last 5 to 10 years It’s astounding… A sky-high new record… A once working class neighborhood transformed… San Francisco has become the most expensive city to live in in the nation. As its population has boomed over the past few decades, developers have found it almost impossible to build new housing. The story of one small developer, in particular, shines a light on what’s gone wrong in
the Golden Gate City. San Francisco is the worst place in the country to try to do development, and the Mission is the worst place in San Francisco.


Bacall McElroy

Jul 7, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Soon everything will have to be run by robots because nobody but the rich will live there and there will be no service workers

Bacall McElroy

Jul 7, 2019, 11:26 pm Reply

What type of apartments does he want to build? If they are in line with the housing nearby it’s good if they are luxury apartments they will increase property values around them which benefits current owners but in the long term encourages more gentrification

Him Bike

Jul 7, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

Houses bad homeless good

Majdi Saadieh

Jul 7, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

So it’s not Russia’s fault?

Yo Man

Jul 7, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

Yea Calif sucks ! Chevron waited 14 years to get a refinery expansion underway FOURTEEN YEARS ! Well into the expansion in the Richmond CA refinery, the CA environmental board or whatever they are called drove to the refinery and shut down the project. So immediately 4,500 craftsmen, women and managers were out of work.

christopher stimpson

Jul 7, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

Activists always make as much mess as they can so they can get paid.


Jul 7, 2019, 3:18 pm Reply

I hate when people use the kid card to achieve their objective, Its his property and should be able to do with HIS property what he wants to.

Spanky Harland

Jul 7, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

this is what happens when you elect brain dead people to run a city. common sense goes out the door and stupidity replaces it. Also having an ignorant community that does not agree on what you are trying to do does not help.

Damian DeLapp

Jul 7, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

Now if they could only put a trump fence around it and seal it off..

Javier Calagua

Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

Bob Tillman, you are my hero !

Hot Soup

Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

There may have been a time when SF was worth what this man is going through, but that time has passed. California is truly making it impossible to live there unless you are a multi millionaire or are homeless. There's no middle ground. Well, maybe the eastern parts of the state, but even they are crippled by taxes.

Johnny FD

Jul 7, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

This is what’s really wrong with SF. The activists are idiots and don’t understand basic economics.

Gat Mack

Jul 7, 2019, 7:54 pm Reply

You should be able to sue the fuck out of the California government

John Slavik

Jul 7, 2019, 8:41 pm Reply

Using bureaucracy to stop new housing developments in a city that desperately needs them, how progressive.

Triggerhappy Ranch

Jul 7, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

Can't afford to live in a nice neighborhood? Earn it. Problem solved.

Philip Anderson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

These liberal nutjobs are the same corrupt thieves that have tow trucks following MTA Meter Maids looking for every last vehicle that they can STEAL FROM THE MOST VULNERABLE POOR PEOPLE, WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD THE $500 – $1000 cost to get your vehicle back!
I work in the city on occasion and live on the peninsula just south of San Francisco, and have had my work van towed 4 times over the past 8 years due to deliberately confusing parking restriction signage that they use to justify stealing your car or truck. The last time I was in line to pay their exorbitant fees, I saw a poor Mexican painter pleading with the clerk to get his work truck back so he could work and pay his rent. They laughed at him, and these hypocritical liberal lunatics screwed him to the max.
Daily parking in the city is now $50 per day in a garage, ridiculous but cheaper that the city stealing your vehicle.

Paul Eckert

Jul 7, 2019, 10:59 am Reply

Man that city is so messed up. You got shit on the steets and needles and people shooting up everywhere, but shadows on a school is unacceptable…?. Omfg that city has got its priorities so far up its ass it crazy.

first Impression

Jul 7, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

He wants to build a building for the working people of the neighborhood ? I don´t think so….I love the constructor logic: poor people are fucked anyway so what is the point on trying to defend them ? Rich people always win, just accept it… Lovely …I enjoyed even more the narrator (journalist? yeah, sure) logic: rent control is not perfect, so instead of improving it getting rid of it is the best solution…very "reason"able…


Jul 7, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

Another perfect example of people being too stupid for their own good.
I wonder how much the cost of rent would come down if illegals weren't constraining the supply.
I wonder how much the cost of food, utilities, gasoline, and taxes would come down if illegals weren't constraining the supply.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:21 pm Reply

San Fran freako

Noelle Baptiste

Jul 7, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

– 1 laundry mat
+ 1 apartment building
+100 outsiders disrespecting your culture and home.

Dirk Winchester

Jul 7, 2019, 3:41 pm Reply

California has become a communist ruled country where government does horrible things to everyone and has become the normal. The personal property crimes against the public are so common that people are moving out of California at a record pace. They tax them to death or fine them for ridiculous things so they can either acquire your property or tax you out. WAKE UP AMERICA THIS IS THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC MACHINE.

Atticus Finch

Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

All stormy harris land.

Sherry Burns

Jul 7, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

Shade my ass. I'd bet half the rental property in SF has toxic levels of mold. (It does not have to be visible to be astronomicaly high) The health department does nothing.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:16 am Reply

"He did not follow the unwritten rules" Translation: He did not bribe the corrupt politicians.  That's obviously what they were delaying for.

Hermit VonCrab

Jul 7, 2019, 8:42 am Reply

The feds shutdown neighborhood cannabis club but would do anything about the 15 meth labs in a 10 block area that everbody knew about and my voter registration disappeared after I registered Republican they wouldn't let me vote. Fuck that place.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

They need to build more housing, but more specifically, they need to build more AFFORDABLE housing. They had no problem with him building the building as long as the ENTIRE building was made affordable for the people that already live in the neighborhood, as opposed to just 11% of the units being affordable. But then that interferes with his bottom line, which is not good because that wouldn't be fair to him AND can choke out his desire to keep up the building. So what to do? I think if they building A LOT of affordable housing very quickly they can ease the stress from both sides.

Goldie Espinoza

Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

Why they take so long too do things until people I mean human beings fight each other too live and eat and shit in peace without working until your crippled old and die


Jul 7, 2019, 4:21 am Reply

@3:30 "wealthiest WHITE residents moving in"… Im poor and white WTF did i do?

I'm not a villain because my skin in white you fucking racists!

Jupiter Stars

Jul 7, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

What's the whole no shade on schools thing about?? ?
Pretty "shady" excuse if you ask me?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:34 am Reply

I would look into the root protestor, it is probably and existing homeowner that wants to keep rents high.

Willow Clay

Jul 7, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

Keep fighting these morons!

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

They dont want international elites to turn all nice housing stock into five to ten story condos. Go develop in North Dakota and leave San Francisco nice and tranquil. These mass profiteers of space want UN Agenda 21 people all on top crowded on each other like ants

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:27 am Reply

These new developments are chopped up cheap housing that are overpriced and use his ponzi scheme by wealthy Asians,Indos ,and whites. They need to push back against the build-up of these ugly condo eyesores

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

Yeah they wanna replace great architect with crapy condos that are all cookie cutter as with balconies. H*** no.

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

The problem would be if housing in the suburbs wasn't so God-awful ugly. Housing in the suburbs needs to look more like the mission district. That is the basic problem

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

This greedy developer seeks to change neighborhood i to ugly projects for location and mass profit. Go and build in Daly City

Bozo Bosworth

Jul 7, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Housing expensive because a greedy developers like Bob.

Skip 8610

Jul 7, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

"Vote for the Democratic Party and your town can be like San Fransisco!"

benjamin vivar

Jul 7, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

Im willing to give you $20 and Im sure others would to for you to sue there asses.

William Morton Jr.

Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

There is already plenty of Market Rate housing in San Francisco, they do not need more….

Kapri Christine

Jul 7, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Why don't u clean up ur damn filthy sidewalks, streets, homeless situation first….

Lucian Samsel

Jul 7, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

i was there. i got off train(bart) on mission an 17th street. its a different world. open iv drug use filth. avoid this place people.

Beauty & Truth

Jul 7, 2019, 7:53 pm Reply

It's a democrat area…. fuck em ! they will get exact,y wht they deserve !!

kevin murphy

Jul 7, 2019, 12:39 pm Reply

Why SanFrancisco has such a homeless problem

Mr. America

Jul 7, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

San Francisco is Communist occupied territory

Mucho Taco

Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

Shade is bad but letting illegal immigrants in is good


Jul 7, 2019, 5:02 am Reply


Jane Moore

Jul 7, 2019, 5:20 am Reply

Wow…very interesting. Just another reason not to live, work, nor do any business in San Fransico. Nor dine there.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:51 am Reply

Any new video on this story outcome in 2019

shane hester

Jul 7, 2019, 9:02 am Reply

its crap like this that make businesses move away and so many homless in the streets

hiro down

Jul 7, 2019, 9:22 am Reply

Move to Kansas


Jul 7, 2019, 5:54 pm Reply

Wow “Reason TV” way to go to bat for these corrupt developers


Jul 7, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

As a conservative I find this hilarious, liberal dems fighting liberal dems with their crazy policies, activist ect, that city is F#@%*^ ed up.

Caylan Wojciwchowski

Jul 7, 2019, 9:39 pm Reply

what the fuck. are people fucking idiots.

Tamala Coughlin

Jul 7, 2019, 11:10 pm Reply

Please Lord, just one big earthquake.

Tamala Coughlin

Jul 7, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

Democrats destroy everything they touch and control.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply

Came from a company that isn't, nevermind!


Jul 7, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

It cracks me up that the ones complaining are the ones who live on welfare and couldn't afford them apartments anyways. It's called jealousy!

Gage Locklear

Jul 7, 2019, 12:16 am Reply

They should burn the entire city down and restart it

Paul Flores

Jul 7, 2019, 11:34 am Reply

San Francisco politicians making the City all rich whites and gay community.


Jul 7, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

I genuinely can't understand why people live in cities like San Francisco or Brooklyn or any other liberal haven. Do you really think city council members care about their constituents? Making a claim that children will be harmed by a little shadow? Get real. He would have been better off developing in Nebraska or Texas or somewhere like that.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Well they’re just biting themselves in the butt

Ahmed Adam

Jul 7, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

what happened to property rights? these socialist communist scum should all move to heaven north Korea

Ahmed Adam

Jul 7, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

and why was that communist cow talking about fascism in a debate about building more houses? ship her to North Korea for a few years with no tampons, lets see how she fairs in a communist utopia.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:10 pm Reply

The whole state is a lost cause. Move away.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

zoning needs to be on a federal level like Japans…. plus housing prices are sticky. homeowners always want prices to be higher

Death row Joe

Jul 7, 2019, 8:34 am Reply

“Activist protest affordable housing”

irony intensifies


Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

Play their game fairly, and get burned unfairly. Take your money and leave SF. Worst city in the US.

Isaac Gordon

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

If gentrification goes unchecked it's unacceptable! This guy seems like an honest guy and all but too much people were already displaced and building more luxury apartments will not solve the housing crisis! Just because it's happening all over doesn't make it okay. The people are fighting back and I applaud them for doing that. If this guys project is build and 5 to 10 more of such projects gets the green light what will the implications be for the neighborhood of Mission as a whole? Gentrification left unchecked is unacceptable and anyone that has another point of view are the privileged people able to afford those apartments where as the ones fight to stop it will be the next bunch of mass displacements.

René Casaña

Jul 7, 2019, 1:04 am Reply

The left call it "Progressivism"


Jul 7, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

This is how pure communism works vs regular communism


Jul 7, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

I wish Reason would actually investigate what the real reason is behind all this. There is something behind it.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 pm Reply

Duh. You need to pay off the corrupt politican.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

Anyone who subjects themselves to the socialist bullshit in SF is a masochist

Christopher Sanders

Jul 7, 2019, 2:06 pm Reply

Sf is gonna eventually learn that its better to be more inclusive than less inclusive even if you have to work at finding the optimal solution that works for everyone.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

CalUnicornia madness and CORRUPTION!!!!pay to play politics while the tax paying citizen bears the brunt of it all. Keep voting ignorantly especially since the very voting pool and process has been subverted too. Enjoy the degeneration and decline of this once great American society. Pray for God’s and faithful people’s intervention because it doesn’t look good otherwise.

Dewayne Miguel

Jul 7, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

Wait till we finaly get that big earthquake they will need house boats if were lucky


Jul 7, 2019, 3:47 pm Reply

united states win ww2? i think you mean ussr


Jul 7, 2019, 10:11 am Reply

Anybody know if the project happened? This is a year later

Johny Doe

Jul 7, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

Once you bring in section 8 it all goes downhill it turns into a third World City…… I’ve witnessed this and I’m working class this is just a publicity stunt to force low income people into that area nothing more nothing less…..

Fern gonzalez

Jul 7, 2019, 7:03 am Reply

They are called big government demorats.

Kula Cnt

Jul 7, 2019, 11:37 am Reply

The ALLIES won WW2!!

Dustin Olson

Jul 7, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

SF is a democRATic shit hole. When you elect idiots, expect to live in an idiocracy. The next big one can't come soon enough.

Edward Anthony

Jul 7, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

The mission is 5% hispanic

Edward Anthony

Jul 7, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

Geez thus asshole needs to lay off the alcohol.

"Hes full blooded native American and hires illegal immigrant hispanics" GTFO ?

Edward Anthony

Jul 7, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

SF is already fucked

It's too late

For both low income families and new gentifiers

Game Over buds

Edward Anthony

Jul 7, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

Wait till the pesky protesters lose all their energy

Sell out SF and ? ? ?


Johnny boi Supreme

Aug 8, 2019, 7:41 pm Reply

NIMBY is an interesting way to put it considering anyone who is supporting housing development on the grounds of anti-gentrification isn't fighting to keep others from building in their "backyard" since it's not their property. They're fighting to stop others from building on their own property.

Linda Blunt

Aug 8, 2019, 6:47 pm Reply

I moved from california in 2003….THANK GOD. !!!

Stealthy Cowbell

Aug 8, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

lmao "health and safety of a child's life" man get that shit outta here. The playground partially wont get sun in the early morning. whoopty fucking doo

kami 037

Aug 8, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

how about making new latino communities?

kami 037

Aug 8, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

increasing supply will lower prices

Cameron Brown

Aug 8, 2019, 7:50 am Reply

How does he make millions from a laundromat?


Aug 8, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

California corrupt? No…


Aug 8, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

After watching this, what the fuck is wrong with people in San Francisco? Or California in general? That state has just gone to hell.

Christoph Hartman

Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

The Launder is appropriately attached to the Bank, don't you get it…? ?

Charlie Mare

Aug 8, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply


Somewon Yuno

Aug 8, 2019, 12:55 pm Reply

I have zero and I mean absolute zero sympathy empathy or pity for California residents and the businesses. The politicians are do absolutely everything they can to ensure the complete and utter destruction of not just their own cities but the entire State as a whole. The people living there are so deranged. They keep voting these lunatic communist into power and then complain if somebody wants to help fix things right. So if these businesses and these contractors and Builders keep insisting on trying to do business in that miserable god-forsaken State, then piss on them all.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:47 pm Reply

The liberal left is wrecking San Fransisco. Period….

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