Nighttime view of apartment towers under construction in downtown San Francisco, March 2015. (Dan Brekke/KQED)
This week on Smartmouth, KQED's Queena Kim, Joshua Johnson and I are talking about:
- There's no place like home: Month after month, and now year after year, we've been hearing about our region's housing crisis; or to be a little more specific, about the astonishingly fast rise in housing costs and the rapidly dwindling supply of housing regular folks -- those not endowed with six-figure salaries or better -- can afford. This week, the issue came to a head in both San Francisco, where Supervisor David Campos proposed a moratorium on market-rate housing in the Mission District, and Oakland, where housing activists shut down a City Council meeting that was to consider a Lake Merritt high-rise. Are there solutions to this housing thing?
- BART -- and you're where? Last week, we talked about the big money challenges BART faces as it tries to upgrade its aging system. This week, BART suffered a daylong meltdown after a rail broke in San Francisco. Beyond paying for BART's makeover, where are the visionary ideas that might help create a revamped transit system for the region?
- Strange water: We can hardly go a day, let alone a week, without some new concern about our drought-ravaged water supply. This week's example: A story in the Los Angeles Times detailing concern about treated wastewater from Central Valley petroleum operations that's being used to irrigate some crops. Is this "Idiocracy" or a smart workaround to deal with water that no one else wants to deal with?