Small Businesses in Crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area


This report describes the growing phenomenon of small business displacement in the Bay Area, including its particular impact in San Mateo, and proposes legal and policy solutions to mitigate that displacement. Housing shortages, drawn-out development approval processes and the influx of wealth from the technology sector have renewed popular interest in the changing character and demographics of the Bay Area. But despite increasing dialogue around affordable housing and housing evictions, there is little literature describing the unique characteristics of small business displacement in the Bay Area.