Priced Out

The Priced Out series explores the high cost of living and doing business in the Bay Area.


Forum | Friday, Apr 25, 2014, 9:00 AM

Are We in Another Tech Bubble?

In a letter to investors this week, top Wall Street hedge fund manager David Einhorn warned "we are witnessing our second tech bubble in 15 years." Market watchers point to soaring venture capital investments and the recent billion-dollar sales of tech companies Oculus and WhatsApp, which some observers say were overvalued. We'll talk about the possibility of a bubble, and what it could mean for investors, tech workers and the Bay Area economy.

Forum | Friday, Mar 07, 2014, 9:00 AM

Artists, Galleries Displaced Amid Tech Boom

Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.

Forum | Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

East Palo Alto Struggles to Remain Affordable for Low-Income Residents

As part of our "Priced Out" series highlighting the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we spotlight East Palo Alto. With a median family income of about $50,000 per year, East Palo Alto is an island of relative affordability among the vast wealth of Silicon Valley. But with Facebook's offices next door and sky-high housing and rental prices throughout the peninsula, some residents wonder how long they will be able to afford to stay.

Forum | Monday, Nov 25, 2013, 10:00 AM

What's the Best Way to Boost Affordable Housing?

The Bay Area's housing market is white hot, and that's left low and middle income people struggling to find a place to live within their means. As part of our Priced Out series, examining the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we take a regional look at affordable housing. How can we ensure that the Bay Area remains a place for more than the very rich? We'll discuss different approaches and innovative ideas for maintaining, and creating new, lower cost housing.

Forum | Monday, Nov 11, 2013, 10:00 AM

What is Gentrification?

The East Bay Express calls it the "bacon-wrapped economy" -- once diverse, affordable neighborhoods transforming into hotbeds of techie hipsterism. The debate over gentrification is a perennial one, but it has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Still, the loaded "G-word" means different things to different people, and encompasses thorny issues of race, class, development and displacement. As part of our "Priced Out" series, we ask several leading Bay Area thinkers -- and our listeners -- what gentrification means to them -- and to the region.

Forum | Friday, Nov 08, 2013, 9:00 AM

Evictions on the Rise in San Francisco

A new study by the San Francisco budget analyst finds that the number of evictions jumped 38 percent between 2010 and 2013. Evictions under the state's Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants in order to take units off the market, increased even more sharply. But apartment owners point out that eviction numbers are actually well below their 2000 level. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we discuss evictions and rent laws in San Francisco.

Forum | Thursday, Oct 31, 2013, 10:00 AM

Priced Out: Coping with the Bay Area's Soaring Housing Costs

Skyrocketing rents. Stratospheric home prices. Housing costs in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, and there is little relief in sight. As part of our "Priced Out" series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at what's driving the market, what it means for the region, and what to expect in the short and long term.

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