"Cities are not dead — they will get younger"

Financial Times | May 24, 2020

“…Cities have always worked particularly well for young people. They flock to them to build up vital social and professional networks, meet their mates and learn how the world works. Around the world there is massive unmet demand for city homes and workspace…”

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"What Pool? Safety, Tech And Virtual Tours Are Multifamily’s Newest Lures"

BisNow | May 17, 2020

For apartment owners and managers, the pandemic means closed offices, few or no in-person tours and off-limits amenities, obliging them to market their properties without time-tested tools — at least for now.

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"The Cities We Need"

The New York Times | May 11, 2020

In the first half of the 20th century, the students at Boston’s best public high school, Boston Latin, included a brash kid named Leonard Bernstein, who would one day compose West Side Story; another boy named Thomas L. Phillips, who would build the Massachusetts manufacturer Raytheon into a bulwark of American defense; and Paul Zoll, who would pioneer the use of electricity to treat cardiac arrest while working as a doctor at a Boston hospital.

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"Urban Density Is Not an Enemy in the Coronavirus Fight: Evidence from China"

World Bank | April 20, 2020

Making a link between a city’s density and its vulnerability to epidemics may seem like an obvious connection.  But it may, in fact, be off the mark.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its spread across the globe, places with high urban population density have seemed to be especially at risk to some observers.

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"Why Homes in the Bay Area Are Unaffordable"

The National Review | March 9, 2020

Instead of new development, we got the Google piñata

Maybe it was the $2,070 bottle of wine. Or the junket to a hot spring in China. Or perhaps it was the John Deere tractor gifted for a vacation home in Colusa County.

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"San Francisco’s Sky High Commercial Rents Are About To Go Up"

HotAir | March 5, 2020

A San Francisco progressive housing group called Todco promoted a ballot proposition which would tie the creation of new office space in the city to construction of new housing. The final tally isn’t in yet but it appears Prop E might pass.

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"How bad land use and transportation decisions go hand-in-hand with “The Congestion Con”"

Smart Growth America | March 5, 2020

In an expensive, decades-long effort to curb congestion in urban regions, our transportation agencies and elected leaders have overwhelmingly prioritized spending hundreds of billions of dollars to widen and build new highways.

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"An ‘uninhabitable’ shack in San Francisco that’s missing a wall just sold for $2 million, and it showcases the real value of land in the Bay Area"

Business Insider | March 5, 2020

San Francisco is home to one of the most expensive housing markets in the US.

Still, even in a city with a median home value of $1,352,300, finding an uninhabitable shack — that’s missing a back wall — on the market for nearly $2 million is something of a shock.

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"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.

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"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.

 

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