The Market Urbanism Report | October 31, 2018

Lowbrow housing options that used to ensure against homelessness are now illegal in many cities.

Some progressives blame high housing costs on inequality. But in the 1920s, inequality was as significant as it is today, if not more so.


"Exclusive: Big money investor dives into West Oakland apartment project"

SF Business Times | October 30, 2018

While downtown Oakland has lured major investments from big-name investors, West Oakland was largely overlooked — until now.

New York Life Real Estate Investors is among the first institutional investors to place a bet on West Oakland.


"Modular apartments built for UC Berkeley students"

China Daily | October 30, 2018

Modular building provider CIMC Modular Building Systems Holding Co Ltd is taking its expertise to the United States, by building student accommodation for postgraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.


"UN report calls Bay Area homeless crisis human rights violation"

SF Curbed | October 26, 2018

Special rapporteur cites SF and Oakland along with worst slums in the world

In January, United Nations Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha visited Oakland and San Francisco as part of a fact-finding mission about housing and expressed shock and horror at the living conditions of homeless residents in one of the wealthiest societies in the world.


"Why walkable cities are good for the economy, according to a city planner"

Vox | October 26, 2018

People spend more money when cities are less vehicle-oriented.

You’ve probably seen the term “walkability” thrown around in relation to cities, neighborhoods, and even apartments.


"The Top 10 Opportunity Zones in the US"

Fundrise | October 25, 2018

“…1. Oakland: West Oakland, Uptown, Jingletown, and Coliseum Industrial…”

Much has been reported on the creation of Opportunity Zones and even more on their tax advantages, but, less has been written about the specific Opportunity Zones that are now found in all 50 states and US territories.


"Bay Area far from progressive on housing"

SF Chronicle | October 19, 2018

San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley take pride in their progressive values. But all three cities maintain land-use laws that are exclusionary. Each bars new apartments from being built in many neighborhoods, effectively pricing out a new generation of working and middle-class families. How could this happen?


"What does economic evidence tell us about the effects of rent control?"

The Brookings Institute | October 18, 2018

“…While rent control appears to help current tenants in the short run, in the long run it decreases affordability, fuels gentrification, and creates negative spillovers on the surrounding neighborhood…”


"The questions not being asked about San Francisco’s homelessness problem"

SF Business Times | October 18, 2018

There is a persistent, agreed upon fiction that San Francisco can house its homeless by itself.

To address this delusion, an honest reckoning is needed. For years all our mayors and staff have competently and diligently addressed this as their top priority, yet we remain exactly where we were over 20 years ago when Mayor Willie Brown committed truth by saying that it was an intractable problem.


"Co-living startup Starcity plans over 1,000 tiny apartments in SF, San Jose"

SF Chronicle | October 17, 2018

Tiny apartments are going big.

The co-living startup Starcity, which builds small apartments with shared kitchens and living rooms, plans to start construction next year on over 1,000 new homes in San Francisco and San Jose.