"An unceasing housing crisis"

SF Chronicle | June 19, 2017

California’s housing crisis isn’t easing anytime soon.

That’s the message from the latest Anderson forecast, a quarterly economic analysis from UCLA…

Streamlining the state’s regressive zoning and development laws in exchange for the housing we need is not an easy compromise for state legislators, but it’s a wise one. The alternative is the status quo — a housing crisis that’s pricing out more and more Californians.


"Micro-apartments for the homeless"

Abitare | June 19, 2017

The project by the San Francisco studio Panoramic Interests is designed to address the issue of the city’s many homeless residents

One of the things that shocks first-time visitors to San Francisco is the number of homeless people that crowd the California metropolis, which has historically welcomed the least well-off.


"Berkeley Says It’s Standing Up to Trump, But It’s Actually Busy Arguing About Zucchini"

Mother Jones | June 19, 2017

This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

How America’s most progressive cities are making global warming worse.

On June 1, the US Climate Mayors—a network of more than 300 city leaders, including the mayors of the country’s five largest cities—published a commitment to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.” The cities would carry out the promises Donald Trump had abandoned.


"Think rent is high in California? Here’s why it probably will get higher"

The Sacramento Bee | June 19, 2017

If you’re a renter in California concerned about the high cost of living here, or looking to purchase your first home, your prospects aren’t looking up.

Projections show rents will continue to surge, especially for low- and middle-income people in places like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and home prices will become increasingly expensive, according to an economic analysis in the Anderson Forecast from the University of California, Los Angeles, released this month.


“It was already bad before, but it’s getting worse,”


"Zoned Out in the City: New York City’s Tale of Race and Displacement"

Poverty and Race Research Action Council | June 16, 2017

From January-Mach 2017

The arrival of vast amounts of speculative capital in big cities around the nation and world during this century has fed a tremendous urban building boom.


"The Clear and Present Danger of Supply Skepticism"

Poverty and Race Research Action Council | June 16, 2017

From January-March 2017

There is no doubt that public policy needs to grapple with the challenges that our low-income households face in gentrifying neighborhoods, and the ways in which racial discrimination and inequality affect the causes and consequences of those challenges.


"Portland’s Green Dividend"

City Observatory | June 7, 2017

When you build a city that enables people to drive less, they spend less on cars and gas and have more to spend on other things.

Here is my 2007 report, published by CEOs for Cities, which describes Portland’s Green Dividend–the additional income that Portland area residents have to spend because they drive fewer miles than the typical American urban dweller.


"Mtn. View panel: To house the “missing middle” allow smaller units, less parking"

Los Altos Town Crier | June 7, 2017

New housing developments have been rising in Mountain View at a rapid rate, but the city still faces an essential Silicon Valley conundrum: With going rates starting at nearly $3,000 a month for a new studio apartment unit and climbing


"A wee house with a big mission: Solving homelessness in Orange County"

The OC Register | June 5, 2017

TUSTIN First off, don’t call it a “tiny house” — at least in the presence of its promoter.

This cozy, 160-square-foot abode is a MicroPAD, shorthand for Prefab Affordable Dwelling. And it’s more than just cute, said Patrick Kennedy, who began marketing the diminutive habitat this year. It’s an answer to homelessness, he said.


"In San Francisco, $160,000 gets you a storage locker"

Yahoo Finance | June 5, 2017

In Omaha, Nebraska, $160,000 snags you a 3-bedroom home, but in San Francisco, it simply gets you a storage locker.

Such was the case on May 20 when residents at the Lumina, a luxury condominium development in San Francisco’s trendy South of Market neighborhood, participated in an online bidding war over storage units up for auction.