"West Oakland apartment project with 1,000 units receives planning permit"

SF Chronicle | August 22, 2019

“One of the Bay Area’s most forward-thinking transit-oriented developments just got the green light from Oakland’s Planning Commission.”

“To Panoramic Interests’ owner, Patrick Kennedy, 500 Kirkham represents a milestone in more than just height and unit count.”

“It’s a green light in our quest to invent an urban neighborhood that is entirely dedicated to bikeable, walkable and BART-able characteristics,” Kennedy said.

“We want to reinvent Greenwich Village in Oakland.”


"The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think"

CityLab | August 21, 2019

When it comes to the economic status of cities, there is no shortage of conflicting messages—and conflicting facts. On the one hand, we hear about the dominance of superstar cities and tech hubs in the competition for talented workers, high-end knowledge jobs, and high-tech startups.


"Homeowners: The True Gentle Gentrifiers"

Beyond Chron | August 20, 2019

Media Ignores Driving Force Behind Rising Housing Costs

Homeowners opposing new multi-unit housing drive urban gentrification. As I detail in Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, from San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Alamo Square and Haight-Ashbury to Los Angeles’ Highland Park to New York City’s Park Slope and neighborhoods throughout Cambridge, neighborhoods become expensive by not allowing new housing rather than via “luxury development.”


"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Real Estate, earlier this year digitally superimposed a map of Paris atop a map of Seattle for a talk he gave about how outdated single-detached zoning is.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.



SF Chronicle | July 31, 2019

SF Homeless Project: 24 hours inside San Francisco’s crisis … Supportive Housing: $700,000 a unit.

San Francisco spends more than $300 million a year fighting homelessness. Yet it’s not working – at least not enough. Amid a housing shortage, rampant drug addiction and a failing mental health care system, the everyday crisis on our streets has intensified.


"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.