"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.

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"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.

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"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.”

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"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

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"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.”

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"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.

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"‘Roach motels’ beat being homeless. But why can’t California innovate on housing?"

The Sacramento Bee | January 30, 2020

Why don’t we have more options for affordable shelter?

“It’s a largely self-inflicted problem,” said Patrick Kennedy, a Bay Area developer at the forefront of housing innovation. Restrictive building codes and expensive labor agreements drive up costs, making it hard to build affordably, he said.

His advice to state leaders?

“Look outside of the ‘affordable housing industrial complex’ which, by its very nature, has a cost structure and management structure that results in much higher costs for the product,” said Kennedy, who believes private developers can build affordable housing faster and cheaper…”

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"Q&A with Oakland’s Matt Horn, the pitmaster behind the most anticipated barbecue restaurant in America"

SF Chronicle | January 28, 2020

Before Matt Horn served his first plate of smoked brisket and ribs out of an old service station at 17th and Center Streets in West Oakland on Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people were outside the building waiting to order. The scene was like a musical festival and Horn’s popup was the headlining act.

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"Cram More People into New York City"

National Review | January 28, 2020

It and other ‘superstar’ cities should be denser.

I lived in New York City for about five years and hated every second of it. My first complaint was that it was too dense. My second, paradoxically, was that it was not dense enough.

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"Everything You Think You Know About Housing Is Probably Wrong"

The New York Times | January 28, 2020

In cities, many people think “density” means crowded neighborhoods and greedy developers, but a new show at the Skyscraper Museum tells a different story.

 

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