Our city is in a housing crisis, with a rapidly growing population. We need to increase our housing supply by building quality, affordable options to meet the diverse needs of both prospective owners and renters. But we can’t allow developer influence over City Hall to continue. This means working with developers, not for them, to support densification and put an end to urban sprawl and exclusionary zoning. Most residents support densification, but they want it to be smart, reasonable development, and they want to be properly consulted when projects have an impact on their communities.
Everyone deserves a safe place to call home, but many residents live in precarious, unsafe conditions. We need better tools to protect renters, and we need to leverage more investment from other levels of government for building and maintaining community housing.