Thanks for the informative article, “Housing crisis a multi-faceted issue” in the Aug. 3 edition of The Chronicle.
One factor left out was whole-house rentals via Airbnb and such. I used to rent part of a tri-plex that is now all Airbnb. Three tenants had to find new places to live in a tight market.
I am not against capitalism until it is at the expense of the greater good. If you want to replace your lawn or driveway with an ADU, good on you; that is a benefit for all.
America is an individualistic society, but we have rallied in times of need, such as war supply rationing. This is such a time.
Here is a proposal for Springfield as developers and contractors try to build us out of the deficit: anyone with a whole house, plex, or apartment in the short-term rental pool can put their units back into the local rental pool for several years.
Wouldn’t you rather live in a neighborhood filled with happy and engaged citizens instead of fly-by-night visitors? Trust me, the tourists will be fine.