"What Would Our Cities Look Like If We Took Our Climate Change Values Seriously?"

Sightline | August 12, 2019

Matthew Gardner, the chief economist at Seattle’s Windermere Real Estate, earlier this year digitally superimposed a map of Paris atop a map of Seattle for a talk he gave about how outdated single-detached zoning is. It’s a familiar theme for Sightline readers who have been tracking our arguments about housing shortages and climate change.


"Bay Area Housing Crisis: Smaller homes could provide relief for region"

ABC News | August 2, 2019

Many communities around the Bay Area are struggling to figure out how to solve the regions housing needs. One San Francisco developer thinks going smaller is the answer.


"CityLab: Everything you think you know about gentrification is wrong"

City Observatory | August 1, 2019

Facts are stubborn things: And they don’t support the folk wisdom equating gentrification with displacement.

There’s a palpable and growing amount of cognitive dissonance between the accepted conventional wisdom about the intrinsically evil nature of gentrification, and a body of careful detailed research that shows that its either not bad, or actually produces measurable benefits. That cognitive dissonance is on full display in CityLab’s recent reporting on a new study of gentrification in New York.


"How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word"

The New York Times | July 29, 2019

It’s a demonized group, yet there are few solutions for the housing shortage that don’t at least partly involve more development.

The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. And they won’t stop until peak profit has been wrung from every patch of land.


"SF’s $1,200-per-month bunk bed ‘pods’ sold out"

Curbed, San Francisco | July 18, 2019

No vacancies at housing startup despite skepticism

Podshare, the Southern California-based startup that rents out “pods” consisting mostly of a bunk bed for $1,200 per month, continues to make headlines for its San Francisco expansion, many of them decidedly negative.


"At home at BART"

SF Chronicle | July 18, 2019

It’s called ‘transit-oriented development’ — building dense housing near and around public transportation. It’s one way to mitigate the Bay Area’s housing crisis, and it’s on the rise at BART stations.


"Apartment oversupply puts squeeze on rents"

The Sunday Morning Herald | July 14, 2019

“…Sydney is in the grip of an apartment building boom, with 30,880 multi-unit dwellings built last year…

This oversupply has left some areas struggling to find tenants…”


"About those swelling suburbs"

City Observatory | July 10, 2019

Faster suburban population growth doesn’t signal a preference for suburbs: Here’s why

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported suburbs growing faster than cities. The article, “American suburbs swell again as a new generation escapes the city.” The article looks at Census data showing that some of the nation’s fastest growing cities are sunbelt suburbs.


"Young and Restless"

City Observatory | July 10, 2019

From October 19, 2017

The Young and Restless—25 to 34 year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education—are increasingly moving to the close-in neighborhoods of the nation’s large metropolitan areas. This migration is fueling economic growth and urban revitalization.


"This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included"

CNN | July 5, 2019

“…PodShare is looking to answer the shortage of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles by renting dormitory-style lodging and providing tenants a communal living experience…”