"A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians From Cars"

The New York Times | March 16, 2018

Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s an audacious proposal to get Californians out of their cars: a bill in the State Legislature that would allow eight-story buildings near major transit stops, even if local communities object.


"Cruel Musical Chairs (or Why Is Rent So High?)"

Sightline Institute | March 16, 2018

From Oct 2017

How does a growing, prospering city stay affordable for all kinds of people? At the most basic level, when there aren’t enough homes, prices will keep rising. And when there are plenty of homes, it helps prices stay down.


"West Oakland proposal with 1,038 apartments and no parking sparks backlash"

SF Business Times | March 11, 2018

One of Oakland’s largest housing proposals with 1,032 apartments and zero parking for residents is facing pushback from the city.

Developer Patrick Kennedy of Panoramic Interests wants to build three buildings on a lot at 500 Kirkham St. next to the West Oakland BART. The project includes a 23-story tower that would rise to 233 feet and be the tallest building in West Oakland.


"Micro-Units in DTLA"

Central City Association of Los Angeles | March 8, 2018

Through advocacy, influence and engagement, Central City Association (CCA) enhances Downtown LA ’s vibrancy and increases investment in the region, and we strongly believe that micro-units can contribute to this effort.


"All the crazy things happening in San Francisco because of its out-of-control housing prices"

Business Insider | March 6, 2018

People are leaving San Francisco in droves as the cost of living reaches a new high.

A recent report from real-estate site Redfin revealed that San Francisco lost more residents than any other US city in the last quarter of 2017.


"Irony Squared: Inclusionary Zoning Edition"

City Observatory | March 2, 2018

Minneapolis is considering inclusionary zoning (IZ), but has qualms based on Portland’s experience. Ironically, a non-existent Minneapolis IZ program was a key part of the argument for adopting Portland’s IZ law in December 2016.

Parts of this commentary are going to seem like a major-league distortion in the space-time continuum, so let’s start with a simple fact:  the City of Minneapolis doesn’t have an inclusionary housing requirement–it never has.


"You’re Not a Progressive If You’re Also a NIMBY"

East Bay Express | February 28, 2018

Why housing is a liberal imperative.

Here in the liberal East Bay, we’re proud of our inclusiveness and openness. Most of us are disgusted by President Trump’s efforts to target undocumented immigrants and break apart families.


"“Simplicity is the key to excellence” says Dieter Rams"

Dezeen | February 24, 2018

In a rare interview, German designer Dieter Rams has called for a return to well-made, long-lasting products, even if it comes at the expense of design innovation.


"Editorial: Silicon Valley still leads, but costs are catching up to innovation"

SF Chronicle | February 23, 2018

Silicon Valley continues to lead the country in innovation, according to the latest update to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s comprehensive report on regional competitiveness and innovation.


"San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building"

Reason Foundation | February 21, 2018

Now the city wants the laundromat studied to see if it is a historic resource.

To understand how difficult and expensive it is to build housing in San Francisco, observe the case of Robert Tillman. Tillman owns a single-story laundromat in the city’s Mission District. Since 2014, he has been attempting to develop his property into a 75-unit apartment building.