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City Visions: San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim on managing a boomtown

How has the city of San Francisco changed in the last decade, and what will it look like in the future?  Host Ethan Elkind sits down with retiring San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim.

In his 12 years leading the Planning Department, John has tackled issues ranging from the housing shortage to sea level rise.  How have politics and environmental regulations impacted urban development in San Francisco?  And, how is the city managing growth while being mindful of climate change, transportation infrastructure, and racial equity? 


John Rahaim, Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco.