I feel like more housing is good housing. I don’t think we should disparage developers. The development has to be profitable for anyone to want to do it. Notably from the article:
Founder Marc Roth, who is formerly homeless, said he aims to train up to 120 people annually in areas such as 3D printing, laser cutting, metal shop work and web design basics.
I completely disagree with the following quote. These skills are not for manufacturing, they’re for prototyping and design, which is much more profitable than blue collar manufacturing for those that are trained:
“[Roth] will train homeless people, but he’s training them in computer driven manufacturing. There are no humans involved other than the people that run the software and pack up the parts,” said the representative. “They won’t stay within in the community and they won’t give back to the community because it’s too expensive to do that kind of manufacturing here.”
It sounds like he is looking for more hardware startup type people who can pay more rent, like the startups at the bottom of Potrero hill (where juicero used to be):
“I think the people that will be renting our [PDR spaces] can afford more than we are charging,” said Roth.
BUT we have a literal decade of experience training people to do exactly what he’s trying to do and we should definitely look into a collaboration.