THBT housing activists in San Francisco should advocate for the abolition of zoning regulations rather than increased rent control.
A zoning law requires that buildings fulfill a certain purpose (eg, residential zoning laws mandate that no businesses can operate on that lot) or impose aesthetic standards (such as maximum height requirements). These regulations do not directly address health and safety, energy usage, or affordable housing. San Francisco has extensive historic and aesthetic zoning laws.
The Berkeley IV
Round #1 /
Jan 26, 2019