Bay Area housing activist blames baby boomers for skyrocketing home prices

Bay Area

The Bay Area’s housing crisis is a complex problem and it’s hard enough to agree on what the underlying issues are. 

KRON4’s Ryan O’Donnell discussed the issue with Bay Area activist Randy Shaw, who recently wrote a new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban American.

Shaw, who’s spent 40 years as a housing activist, says baby boomers, not greedy developers, are a large part why housing costs continue to skyrocket. 

“We have big problem where primarily boomer homeowners prevent housing from being built in their neighborhoods or in the case of San Francisco…you can only build mansions not apartments,” Shaw tells KRON4. “And that’s made housing much less affordable for working and middle class and that’s what we have to change.”

Shaw will be talking about his book Thursday Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Books Inc. on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. 

Watch the full interview in the video above



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