Episode 1: "Isn't There an App for That?"
Meet Curtis, a High School teacher, and Riley, a tech gig worker, in their micro-unit in San Francisco. They've just received a rent increase and need to figure out how to keep their growing family in the City.
Notes for Episode 1
Let's get going. We've got a lot of house-hunting to do.
I hope we find something! I don't want to commute three hours a day like some other teachers.
I'm bringing Olive with us!
Come on Riley. Do we really need artificial intelligence to help us find a new place?
If I can get food delivered at 3am for my crazy cravings, then why can't an app make housing easier? Besides, OLIVE teaches and learns too!
CURTIS, I know we're not stackin' the loot...
But with two incomes -- part-time coding and full time teaching -- we should be ok, right?"
The average price of a 2 bedroom home in San Francisco is $1.3 million.
Zillow evaluation of “median home value” in San Francisco
Trulia evaluation of median sales price
The average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $4,500 a month.
RentJungle evaluation of rent trends in SF
Check this out!
(reading headline) San Francisco Housing Crisis Spurs Calls for Less Rules
Mayor Chen mentioned this to me when she dropped off her son at my class yesterday. San Francisco hasn't built enough housing for years and now we're paying the price.
San Francisco is the second-most densely populated city in the United States.
See, the supply hasn't kept up with the demand!
From 1950 to 2013, San Francisco built two new housing units for every new person.
Chart of data from the US Census
Change 1950 - 2010
Change 1950 - 2018
July 1, 2018
Total Dwelling units
% of Units Vacant
And as of 2015, there's 30,000 vacant units in San Francisco.
US Census ACS 2017 data
I've never heard these stats before. If there's so much housing and so many vacant units, then why is housing so expensive?
This does seem really complicated, but I'm sure Olive can figure it out!
I have a friend who's a developer. HE CAN help us figure this out.