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April 6, 2017

Younger Bay Area residents support new housing, but older generation is more hostile

Younger residents are more likely to support new housing projects than older groups in the Bay Area, according to an annual poll from the Bay Area Council.

Seventy percent of millennials were in favor of building more housing in their own neighborhood, while only 57 percent of residents age 40 to 64 supported additional homes near them.

Seventy percent of millennials were in favor of building more housing in their own neighborhood, while only 57 percent of residents age 40 to 64 supported additional homes near them.

Lower housing supply benefits homeowners by raising both home sale prices and rental value.

Opposition to proposed housing projects is common, with height, effects on traffic and parking and pricing often cited. Opponents can also easily delay or block projects by filing appeals or suing under California’s environmental laws.

“It used to be an American goal that we would provide a better life to our children,” said Wunderman in a statement. “I fear the sentiments discovered in this poll reflect a different mindset.”

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