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Halt on building new Mission housing has support, poll says

March 29, 2015

By sfexaminer – excerpt

Calling a temporary halt on development in one of the nation’s hottest ZIP codes for housing might not be such a radical idea. It may be what The City wants. Left-wing elected officials and community advocates concerned about the negative effects of gentrification — including displacement of nonprofits and businesses as well as middle- and low-income residents — have proposed putting a temporary moratorium on building new market-rate housing in the rapidly changing Mission. According to a citywide poll conducted in late February, a wide majority of registered voters are on board.

Sixty-five percent of city voters polled said they’d support a ballot measure to halt “new project approvals in the Mission District for one year” while a plan to help businesses and nonprofits from being displaced is crafted, according to a survey of 602 likely voters conducted by David Binder and Associates in February… (more)

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