"Every NIMBY’s Speech at a Public Hearing"

McSweeneys | June 13, 2019

Friends, neighbors, it’s good to see all of you. I know you, you know me, and just seeing all of your faces at this city council meeting reminds me why I love living in this town. Because I feel comforted by stasis and regularity, both fed by ignorance, and which combine to perpetuate injustice.


"West Oakland readies for massive, transit-oriented apartment complex"

San Francisco Chronicle | June 5, 2019

“…Unlike some mega-projects in Oakland, the Kirkham Street venture has received little opposition, city staff said.

That is partly because the development is being built on a vacant lot, but also because city staff say they have been working closely with the developer, Panoramic Interests, to meet the community’s needs…”


"Another housing myth debunked: Neighborhood price effects of new apartments"

City Observatory | June 4, 2019

New research shows new apartments drive down rents in their immediate neighborhood, disproving the myth of “induced demand” for housing

If you’re a housing supply skeptic, there’s one pet theory that you’ve been able to hang your hat on, in the face of a barrage of evidence that increasing the supply of housing helps hold down, or even drive down rents.


"‘It’s a miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness"

The Guardian | June 3, 2019

Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally


"Unpacking myths about housing development in the Bay Area"

Sierra Club | May 31, 2019

The nine-county Bay Area, currently home to 7.7 million people, is projected to add another 2 million new residents by 2040. Such growth comes with opportunities for innovation, vibrant communities, and a sustainable urban consolidation of people and resources.


"California’s answer to the housing shortage? Anything but housing"

San Francisco Chronicle | May 31, 2019

California lawmakers appear increasingly willing to advance every response to the housing shortage that does not entail building housing.

The latest example is legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, to cap rent increases across the state, which the Assembly took the remarkable step of passing Wednesday.


"I Got Mine"

Slate | May 30, 2019

Like college debt and climate change, the housing affordability crisis is generational warfare.

The numbers in California tell a dire story these days: In 2018, despite low unemployment and high wages, the state’s population grew at its slowest rate in history. Fewer people are coming and more people are leaving because it’s very hard to find a place to live.


"Major Transit Village Development Coming to West Oakland"

The Post | May 30, 2019

Decades after BART rolled through West Oakland, along 7th Street, destroying what was once a vibrant, black, entertainment and commercial business district, local developer, Panoramic Interests, is planning to replace the devastation with a new and vibrant community of housing and small businesses.


"We Used to Do This Everywhere"

Strong Towns | May 29, 2019

I just got back from a few days in New Orleans, where I stayed—as most tourists to that city do—in the French Quarter. The name is actually a misnomer from the particular perspective of an urban planner: most of the historic architecture in the French quarter dates to a period of Spanish rule from 1763-1801, and much of the urban design suggests a strong Spanish influence.


"An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google’s Headquarters. Now Mountain View Wants to Ban It"

Bloomberg | May 21, 2019

With house prices out of reach, where will the van dwellers go?

In a quiet neighborhood near Google’s headquarters last month, rusty, oleaginous sewage was seeping from a parked RV onto the otherwise pristine street.