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What The Health Crisis Tells Us About The Housing Crisis

Courtesy of Conor Dougherty

America is in a health crisis, but it’s also been in a housing crisis. For almost a quarter of renters, more than half of their income goes to their landlord. Eviction displaces a million households a year. About four million people spend at least three hours driving to and from work.

These issues are the backdrop of Conor Dougherty’s new book "Golden Gates: Fighting For Housing In America." In the book, he tackles the Bay Area housing crisis through a cast of characters, like politicians, developers, and tech workers. Dougherty is also a New York Times economics reporter. We talked about what happens to the housing crisis in a time of a health pandemic.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.