If you have half an hour to kill
...and want to really dive into why housing is so expensive in San Francisco (spoiler alert: it's not at all simple) then read this exceptional expose in Tech Crunch. A teaser:
Here is a very long explainer. Sorry, this isn’t a shorter post or that I didn’t break it into 20 pieces. If you’re wondering why people are protesting you, how we got to this housing crisis, why rent control exists or why tech is even shifting to San Francisco in the first place, this is meant to provide some common points of understanding.
This is a complex problem, and I’m not going to distill it into young, rich tech douchebags-versus-helpless old ladies facing eviction. There are many other places where you can read that story.
It does us all no justice.