"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.


"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.


"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


"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


"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.