"‘A mini-urban miracle,’ new Berkeley homeless housing could be model for the state"

Berkeleyside | July 10, 2020

It’s been a big week for subsidized housing in Berkeley. And it just got bigger.

On Thursday night, the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board unanimously approved a new project from Panoramic Interests for a 39-unit complex made from modular construction to house people who were formerly homeless.


"CityBeat: NPR’s suburban flight story"

City Observatory | July 8, 2020

Anecdotes aside, there’s no data that people are fleeing cities to avoid the Coronavirus

The data show young, well-educated adults moving to urban centers everywhere, and no decline in interest in urban markets during the pandemic

As we’ve chronicled at City Observatory, there’s a welter of press accounts claiming that people are fleeing cities to escape the Coronavirus.


"The Forces That Will Reshape American Cities"

Bloomberg | July 3, 2020

The pandemic will likely accelerate the pull of the suburbs for families while pushing young people and businesses into more affordable urban areas.


"For Newly Remote Workers, Small Town U.S.A. Will Lose Its Allure Soon Enough"

The Wall Street Journal | June 23, 2020

Lower taxes? Cheaper housing? Shorter commute? For some knowledge workers fleeing the big city amid the pandemic, the perks of relocating to a distant burg will soon grow stale.


"Why San Francisco shouldn’t worry about a tech-xodus"

Financial Times | June 22, 2020

Inequality, spiralling rents and now remote working: the city has a number of problems but keeps growing anyway


"Why cities will flourish in a post-Covid world: Talented young adults are moving to urban neighborhoods"

City Observatory | June 15, 2020

The movement of talented young adults to dense urban neighborhoods isn’t waning, it is widespread and accelerating, and it is powering urban revival.

Cities continue to be magnets for talented young adults The number of well-educated young adults living in close-in urban neighborhoods is increasing in every large US metropolitan area, and this trend has accelerated in recent years.


"The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work"

The Wall Street Journal | June 5, 2020

The pandemic forced schools into a crash course in online education. Problems piled up quickly. ‘I find it hectic and stressful’


"Why Richard Florida worries cities will recover too quickly from Covid"

Medium | May 29, 2020

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with the urban economist on the challenges of inclusive growth — and the opportunities of urban-tech.


"Cities are not dead — they will get younger"

Financial Times | May 24, 2020

“…Cities have always worked particularly well for young people. They flock to them to build up vital social and professional networks, meet their mates and learn how the world works. Around the world there is massive unmet demand for city homes and workspace…”


"What Pool? Safety, Tech And Virtual Tours Are Multifamily’s Newest Lures"

BisNow | May 17, 2020

For apartment owners and managers, the pandemic means closed offices, few or no in-person tours and off-limits amenities, obliging them to market their properties without time-tested tools — at least for now.