SF To Grow By 100,000 People In 30 Years

City figuring out how to plan for extraordinary increase in density.

San Francisco isn't going to get any bigger -- at least land-wise. Population wise, we're living in boom-times.

Up to 100,000 more people are expected to call San Francisco home over the next 30 years, according to city planning leaders, who are anticipating building over 90,000 new units of housing over that time period, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"This is going to happen whether we plan for it or not," said John Rahaim, the city's planning director, in comments recorded by the newspaper. "The issue is where that development happens."

And as it happens, about 80 percent of the city's growth is planned for 20 percent of its area, the newspaper reported.

This includes the over 10,000 units of housing approved for construction by Lennar at the former naval shipyard at Hunters Point, as well as another 8,500 units of housing in the so-called "Central Corridor" near Market and Second streets.

Overall, the Bay Area will need to add 1.1 million jobs and 660,000 new units of housing for the 2.1 million additional people expected to move here by that time, according to the Bay Area Association of Governments.

Exactly where those people will live and work -- and in what kind of housing and jobs -- is unclear.

What's clear is that San Francisco will be a "much more crowded" city in 30 years than it is today, the newspaper reported.

So get building -- jobs and housing, too.

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