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Oakland fire death toll a symptom of housing crisis, advocates say

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Mortgage Professional America | 05 Dec 2016, 01:24 PM Agree 0
A deadly blaze that killed at least 36 people Friday is a symptom of the Bay Area’s larger housing crisis, affordability advocates say
  • Affordable bs | | 05 Dec 2016, 02:02 PM Agree 0
    You will never get affordability when the supply is less than the demand. Simple econ 101. The poor need to move to another state or another city. I hear Mexico has lots of open land and unused houses since a majority are not living in SF. I have a 3000' house next to me for sale for 225,000. Move to PA. You see there are lots of places to live that don't cost as much as SF. Life sucks and then you have to move.
  • More knee jerk reaction | | 05 Dec 2016, 02:21 PM Agree 0
    My heart goes out to the victims.

    What is an affordability advocate? Some other name for an activist group? Why not advocate free homes for all?

    Yes affordable housing is lacking in almost every large city. Supply and demand as Affordable bs says.

    Should someone making minimum wage be able to buy or rent a home? I couldn't when I was going to school and making the minimum.

    But then I got a couple room mates, increased my earning power through knowledge and boom, welcome to the middle class.

    There are some people that don't want to roll up their sleeves and improve their situation. They want big government to come to the

    rescue and save them. Personal responsibility and skin in the game is no where to be seen. I am going to guess this fire will be the tool for these "advocates" to push yet for another government solution(which won't solve anything.
  • larry | | 05 Dec 2016, 04:15 PM Agree 0
    The building codes would have made it virtually impossible to upgrade the electrical in that building.. The codes over require and double the costs so nothing gets done.
  • Bill T. | | 05 Dec 2016, 06:19 PM Agree 0
    This was a warehouse hosting a dance party. It has nothing to do with housing. The author wants to get his info from sites like which describes itself as "Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community". To use this tragedy as a talking point for "affordable housing" is shameful both from the author and the liberal community.
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