"Google’s San Jose megaplan: Up to 25,000 new jobs, 5,000 homes"

SF Chronicle | August 26, 2019

…”a BART extension is expected by 2026…”

Google unveiled details of its massive plan to remake the area around San Jose’s downtown Diridon Station, a key step in its bid to transform 60 acres and become the largest private employer in the Bay Area’s biggest city.


"Massive New West Oakland Development With 32-Story Tower Moves Forward"

SFist | August 24, 2019

“A huge new residential development encompassing an entire city block in West Oakland was unanimously approved by Oakland’s Planning Commission on Thursday, with plenty of community support….”

“The project drew resounding support from West Oakland residents, business owners, and community leaders at Wednesday’s meeting. Of the 35 people who signed up to speak, no one opposed it.”


"Huge apartment complex could break ground in West Oakland next spring"

East Bay Times | August 24, 2019

“A $650 million 1,032-unit apartment complex meant to pay homage to the west sides’s vibrant jazz and blues scene of the 1940’s and 50’s is on track to break ground near the West Oakland BART station early next spring.”


"1,000-unit West Oakland Project Gets Green Light"

SF Business Times | August 22, 2019

“…Ronnie Stewart, executive director of the West Coast Blues Society said that Panoramic ‘bent over backwards’ over the last three years to hear from the local black community…”

“We are going to focus on the only-in-Oakland experience — we don’t have any spaces for chain retailers, so we will be focusing on local small businesses, pop-up stores, barber shops…” said Kennedy …


"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.