"How to Make a Housing Crisis"

CityLab | February 21, 2020

The new book Golden Gates details how California set itself up for its current affordability crunch—and how it can now help build a nationwide housing movement.


"Why Does It Cost $750,000 to Build Affordable Housing in San Francisco?"

The New York Times | February 20, 2020

As California’s governor vows to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis, housing “insanity” stands in the way.

SAN FRANCISCO — The average home in the United States costs around $240,000. But in San Francisco, the world’s most expensive place for construction, a two-bedroom apartment of what passes for affordable housing costs around $750,000 just to build.



"The 10 Most Berzerkely Spots in Berkeley"

The Bold Italic | February 18, 2020

Where to soak in the strange in the East Bay’s quirky college town

Berkeley has a reputation for weird. It’s also known for political activism, great food, and those smarty-pants at Cal, but the city’s inherent quirkiness pervades its past and present.


"California needs big solutions to increase housing affordability"

The Sacramento Bee | February 16, 2020

California’s housing crisis is getting worse. The status quo is not working. But as much as we like to complain about high housing costs, traffic congestion, and dwindling open space, we remain attached to an old version of the California Dream: single-family homes with big green lawns and swimming pools out of a David Hockney painting.


"Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build"

The New York Times | February 13, 2020

“Nearly all of the biggest challenges in America are, at some level, a housing problem.

Rising home costs are a major driver of segregation, inequality, and racial and generational wealth gaps. You can’t talk about education or the shrinking middle class without talking about how much it costs to live near good schools and high-paying jobs. Transportation accounts for about a third of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, so there’s no serious plan for climate change that doesn’t begin with a conversation about how to alter the urban landscape so that people can live closer to work.”


"Climate crisis: Cities are the solution"

City Observatory | February 11, 2020

A new report shows how cities are central to any strategy to fight climate change

Cities have the “3 C’s: Clean, compact, connected

National government policies need to support cities

Let’s describe a low carbon future in positive, aspirational terms


"Three lessons 21st century housing policy could learn from “Little Women”"

The Brookings Institution | February 5, 2020

Boarding homes, building codes, and neighborhood character: What “Little Women” can teach us about housing policy

Of the nine films competing for the top honor at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, there’s a few that take on issues of housing and urban policy, from the class conflicts of “Parasite” to the metropolitan decay in “Joker.”


"How to end traffic"

Curbed, San Francisco | February 1, 2020

European cities offer a roadmap for life with fewer cars

Americans put over 13,000 miles on their vehicles every year. If car commercials are to be believed, this is all done off-roading into the woods and driving sports cars through empty, rain-slicked city streets.