"Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning"

CityLab | November 14, 2018

As cities wake up to their housing crises, the problems with single-family-home residential zoning will become too egregious to ignore.

In my neighborhood in San Francisco (or, more accurately, my parents’ neighborhood) there’s a plan afoot to build 42 units of new housing in two parking lots, just steps from a light rail line.


"Why “Qualified Opportunity Zones” May Be the Next Hot Thing in Investing"

Barrons | November 10, 2018

“Any gain you have during the hold period of the fund, that’s tax-free, which is pretty remarkable …”


"Housing, by any means necessary"

SF Chronicle | November 4, 2018

YIMBY Action’s mantra is to build as much new housing — all kinds of housing — as fast as possible. And they’re not afraid to anger anyone who might get in their way

Just hours after Mayor London Breed was sworn into office earlier this year, about 50 members of YIMBY Action crammed into a cafe at Ninth and Mission streets for their monthly membership happy hour.



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?