San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Why Does It Cost So Much to Build Housing in California?

The San Francisco Bay Area is infamous for its desperately expensive housing market, and a recent study identified the region as the most costly place in the world to build an apartment. But why? What are the myriad factors that combine to impose such a financial burden on the construction, renting and purchasing of homes? Explore potential solutions with experts who have spent a tremendous amount of time grappling with this daunting challenge.

+ Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times 
+ Carolina Reid / Terner Center for Housing Innovation
+ Candice Gonzalez / Sand Hill Property Company




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