San Francisco's Mission District is facing a restaurant development freeze if local legislation proposed earlier this month succeeds. In an attempt to address the city's rapid gentrification, lawmakers proposed a bill that would prohibit restaurants and retailers from merging any adjacent spaces that would exceed 799 square feet.
While similar housing moratorium proposals have been pitched in nearby areas, this particular legislation would target larger, upscale restaurant concepts, prohibiting their expansion into the area. Many critics of the bill have claimed that the legislation is misguide and will end up hurting Bay Area restaurant industry workers, for whom these upscale restaurant jobs are highly desirable. Read More