"Facebook exec expresses confidence in office real estate"

The Real Deal | August 31, 2020

Brian Rosenthal says Manhattan offices play key role in recruitment

“…having a physical space in New York is critical for the social media giant.

“So much of what we do is collaborative,” Rosenthal said. “[Software is] like writing a book together where all the plots have to connect and make sense and there are thousands of authors. It’s really hard to do if you’re not co-located in the same space and it’s important to even be able to see each other in the same space.”


"High-density, high-amenity neighborhoods are not going away"

Michigan Future | August 31, 2020

As we explored in my last post from the beginning of our republic there has been predictions of the coming demise of high-density big cities. All of them have been wrong.


"West Oakland Still Poised For TOD Transformation"

BisNow | August 31, 2020

In a year that has radically altered many plans, the two to add nearly 2,000 units to West Oakland are still a go.


"Still on Track"

SF Chronicle | August 30, 2020

East Bay TOD projects push ahead amid pandemic

Over the past decade or so, transit-oriented development has picked up steam in the East Bay with projects popping up from Hayward to Hercules – many of Then the pandemic hit, putting into jeopardy a central component in the TOD concept – mass ridership, which has plunged as social distancing, sheltering in place and working from home have taken precedence.


"How risky is riding BART during the pandemic?"

Berkeleyside | August 26, 2020

It’s probably safer than you think, according to medical professionals — and could become safer in the future, if technologies the transit agency is testing now pan out.


"Solving San Francisco’s Homeless Crisis"

SF Chronicle | August 25, 2020

City Could Add over 6000 Housing Units for Unhoused in 2 Years

Can San Francisco finally solve its homeless crisis? When I saw widespread visible homelessness on the city’s streets begin in 1982 I never dreamed it would continue for forty years.


"UPDATE: Divided San Jose City Council gives whopping break to high-rise developers"

San Jose Spotlight | August 17, 2020

Downtown high-rise developers will receive a huge discount during the pandemic but their savings will come at the expense of low-income housing.


"City Gardens’ HVAC provides each apartment 24/7 fresh air & MERV 13 filtration in all apartments"

ChicagoBoyz-Panoramic | August 17, 2020

There are three main ways to lower your chances of meeting the virus up close and personal, as relates to HVAC systems. These are in my order of preference:
1. Dilute it
2. Zap it
3. Trap it


"When It Comes to Covid-19, Density Doesn’t Kill—Sprawl Does"

Common Edge | August 3, 2020

Since the advent of Covid-19, there has emerged a critique of urban density as deadly in fighting the current and future pandemics, and that the answer lies in dispersed development, otherwise known as sprawl.


"Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think"

The New York Times | August 2, 2020

New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.