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As San Francisco gets increasingly expensive, middle-class households are fleeing the city. Mayor Ed Lee has proposed a Housing Trust Fund to help out middle-income San Francisans to encourage them to stay in the city. Just what the fund would pay for is still up in the air, though everything is being put on the table, from $75,000 down payment subsidies to encouraging developers to build less expensive units without parking. Of course, many problems face this fledgling idea, one of which is how to define middle class in an expensive city like San Francisco. Stay tuned. [SF Gate/photo via Shutterstock]