"The amazing disappearing urban exodus"

City Observatory | October 19, 2020

The greatest urban myth of the Covid-19 pandemic is that fear of density has triggered an exodus from cities.

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"Fixing Greater Boston’s housing crisis starts with legalizing apartments near transit"

Brookings | October 14, 2020

Even during the economic expansion from 2009 to early 2020, Greater Boston didn’t build enough homes to keep up with demand.

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"How to make gentrification even worse"

City Observatory | September 21, 2020

Banning new construction is a great way to push up home values and accelerate gentrification

Cities are conflicted and confused about how to protect affordability

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"Key to Preventing Covid-19 Indoors: Ventilation"

BisNow | September 1, 2020

Reopening schools and businesses should upgrade air systems, open windows and take other measures to ensure clean air, scientists say

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"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.”

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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