The Housing Paradox: Why Can’t We Build Enough Housing to Match Job Growth?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Convention Center, 615-617 Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees

Why is it that many of the cities with the fastest-growing economies, including San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York City, and Austin, suffer from a growing imbalance between job growth and housing supply? Simply put, these cities are adding thousands of jobs but failing to build enough housing for the new workers, often by staggering ratios. The result is skyrocketing rents and housing prices that exacerbate regional inequality, feel unaffordable even to highly paid new workers, and strain transportation networks as the workforce moves farther away in search of affordable housing. Why don’t we build enough housing, even where housing values are stratospherically high? Join our panel of experts in planning, politics, and real estate as we discuss strategies to address the problem and create opportunities for new development.


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