Here is the problem, for a long time, a radical right wing subset of the apartment industry has been quietly undermining laws that protect tenants in our major cities.
Here’s whats likely to happen soon. Something like this but on a nationwide scale. And it didn’t work out well.
Sounds like you live in the Bay Area. Do you realize how many San Franciscans (especially) as well as people from other Bay Area cities have been displaced? A lot. Probably millions. And that also means in many cases losing most of all of your stuff. I was extremely lucky, I had far better outcome than most. But I am still quite scarred, The ordeal I went through seriously damaged my health and took years out of my life, those were in many respects lost years. There is a war going on against non-rich people.
The redevelopment of the Western Addition was many years ago, and it was almost over when I first moved to the Bay Area. It was long before the displacements of today which are happening everywhere. But they should serve as a cautionary tale. Because they ruined a great many lives.
I still remember walking through these buildings, marked with the big X for demolition. Some of those houses were incredible places. It was not so long after the hippie era some some of them had become squats at the end. I still have dreams about those explorations.
There were similar neighborhood wide “redevelopment” campaigns in NYC. I had friends in Lower Manhattan wholived in buildings that had been taken over from their slumlord landlords under a City program allowing tenants to buy their own buildings from the landlord if they let them fall too deeply into disrepair. That was a great way to handle the slumlord problem. But it didnt take long after that (this was likely connected to GATS) for the city to decide to redevelop neighborhoods where artist coops had fixed up buildings. They targeted the most vibrant areas.