"How Seattle Is Dismantling a NIMBY Power Structure"

Next City | April 3, 2017

At a time when rents are soaring and development is more contentious than ever before, a little-known city agency is rethinking its role in neighborhood planning.

For decades, activist homeowners have held virtual veto power over nearly every decision on Seattle’s growth and development.


"Younger Bay Area residents support new housing, but older generation is more hostile"

SF Business Times | April 2, 2017

Younger residents are more likely to support new housing projects than older groups in the Bay Area, according to an annual poll from the Bay Area Council.

Seventy percent of millennials were in favor of building more housing in their own neighborhood, while only 57 percent of residents age 40 to 64 supported additional homes near them.


"31 percent of SF millennials live with their parents"

SF Curbed | March 23, 2017

Bay Area is mecca for people ages 18-34, and a plurality of them live with their parents

According to the real estate site Realtor.com, San Francisco and San Jose are the ninth and tenth most popular city for Millennials. (Here defined as those between 25 and 34.)


"Berkeley’s New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions"

East Bay Express | March 22, 2017

Longstanding activists surprised, encouraged by micro-dwelling and ‘Pathways’ project.

Berkeley’s new, progressive-majority City Council is moving quickly to prioritize homelessness issues — and advocates say it’s almost too good to be true.

“They’re hoping it’s going to happen, but they don’t believe it,” said homeless resident and activist Mike Lee, on some of Berkeley’s recent policy proposals.


"Unlike East Bay Neighbors, SF Isn’t Sold On Pre-Fab Micro-Housing For Homeless"

Hoodline | March 22, 2017

Last month, the city councils of Oakland and Berkeley approved initiatives to develop modular units to house homeless individuals; however, despite San Francisco’s own efforts to manage its homeless population amidst a housing crisis, the city isn’t taking the same steps as its East Bay neighbors.


"Announcing The Winners Of The 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards"

Fast Company | March 20, 2017

Our 25 expert judges combed through more than 1,000 entries from around the world to find the most innovative ideas to make the world better.

Here they are: the winners of the first-ever World Changing Ideas Awards. We sifted through more than 1,000 truly impressive entries to find the ones our panel of judges thought were the best combination of creative problem solving and potential to change our world for the better.


"Developer proposes 1,400 micro-units near West Oakland BART"

SF Business Times | March 6, 2017

Developer Patrick Kennedy wants to go mega with micro-units near the West Oakland BART station.

His firm, Panoramic Interests, has proposed building up to 1,459 small apartments on a roughly 3-acre site at 500 Kirkham St. — a five-minute walk from the train station.


"Is micro-unit housing a solution to California’s homelessness problem?"

Inman | March 2, 2017

As housing prices continue to rise, the issue of how to house homeless and lower-income individuals and families becomes increasingly important.

Many cities are planning or enacting legislation to fund these projects and pave the way for faster development of affordable housing projects. Microunit housing has been floated as a potential solution for years.


"Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution"

McKinsey&Company | February 28, 2017

To tranSForm the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

The construction industry employs about 7 percent of the world’s working-age population and is one of the world economy’s largest sectors, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year.


"The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis"

The Atlantic CITYLAB | February 28, 2017

Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

…the global housing and infrastructure crises are largely a product of a backwards construction industry—and things won’t get better until we bring it into the 21st century.