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After Measure S was soundly defeated at the ballot box this past March, the prevailing view seemed to be that it represented a vote in favor of greater density, particularly more infill and transit-oriented development. Which, in some ways, it was.

If renters paid just what they could afford in rent, the average household would have $6,200 a year more in their pocket to spend on groceries, childcare, medical care, and education—things one in five households have been skimping on to make rent. Collectively, that would amount to $124 billion that can help fuel economic growth.

Renters in dozens of U.S. cities are organizing demonstrations this week under the banner of “National Renter Week of Action and Assemblies.” The purpose is to push back against the Trump Administration’s threat to cut billions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and make the case that renters rights are human rights.

Houston was a relatively affordable city before Hurricane Harvey. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment was in the low-$800s, putting it among the least expensive cities to live, according to Apartment List. Not only is Houston’s average rent well below that of cities of similar population sizes, like Philadelphia and Chicago, but it also was the largest city to see rent prices drop between this year and last.

Today (September 18), renters in more than 45 U.S. cities kicked off “Renter Week of Action,” a week of direct actions aimed at addressing rent increases, mass evictions and cuts to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentRight To The City

As Silicon Valley, my home and place of work, dreams up what's next, so, too, does the world dream up the next Silicon Valley.

The maelstrom of Donald Trump’s polarizing presidency has provided few reasons for optimism about any aspect of American race relations.

In the course of a few weeks, the United States was hit by two “storms of the century.” Images of residents coping with the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma conjured up memories of Hurricane Katrina’s hellish aftermath 12 years ago — parents wading through floodwaters holding children, families seeking shelter in the main convention center, and government officials acting with uncertainty about what the future holds.

The Mayor and at least three members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are working on proposals to offer financial compensation to merchants impacted by city projects, notably those in Chinatown near the Central Subway construction.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed the city adopt a construction-mitigation program, favoring businesses negatively affected by city construction.

One prime example: The ongoing Central Subway with grants of up to $10,000 to make up for lost revenue during the working period.

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