There are a lot of things to blame for the housing affordability crisis in the Bay Area — we talk about a shortage of housing, we talk about predatory landlords and property flippers, we talk about why we have a for-profit housing system at all.
In his new book, long-time San Francisco housing advocate Randy Shaw, implicates a particular group who’ve profited from this affordability crisis: that’s urban homeowners. The book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America.
Shaw’s research is based in New York, Seattle, Denver, Ausin, Los Angeles and of course San Francisco, where he runs the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the news site BeyondChron. KALW’s Economy reporter Liza Veale spoke to Shaw about how he sees the role of homeowners in the story of urban unaffordability.