"Bay Area residents still want to stay in California despite ‘mass exodus’ myths"

SFGATE | July 20, 2020

There’s been a lot reported about San Francisco residents fleeing the city, causing rents to plummet and SF home sales finally embracing transparent pricing. But when looking at data from online real estate platforms, most of the real estate searching is still happening within the metro area and throughout California.


"An Urban Exodus? Not Yet, According to Apartment Search Data"

Apartment List | July 16, 2020

Despite economic lockdowns and the health risks recently attributed to cities, Americans on the whole are maintaining an appetite for density. The share of all searches for higher-density cities has actually increased over the first two quarters of 2020.

…Some dense cities like New York and San Francisco do not appear to be at high risk of an urban exodus, while others like Chicago and Boston show more troubling signs…”


"How Remote Work Could Destroy Silicon Valley"

Medium | July 12, 2020

The tech industry is built on serendipity. If workers flee the Bay Area, what’s left?

There may be no richer Silicon Valley lore: It was 2004, Mark Zuckerberg’s summer of craziness. At 20, he and five buddies had rented a Palo Alto home, where they partied and wrote code for Facebook.

"‘A mini-urban miracle,’ new Berkeley homeless housing could be model for the state"

Berkeleyside | July 10, 2020

It’s been a big week for subsidized housing in Berkeley. And it just got bigger.

On Thursday night, the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board unanimously approved a new project from Panoramic Interests for a 39-unit complex made from modular construction to house people who were formerly homeless.


"CityBeat: NPR’s suburban flight story"

City Observatory | July 8, 2020

Anecdotes aside, there’s no data that people are fleeing cities to avoid the Coronavirus

The data show young, well-educated adults moving to urban centers everywhere, and no decline in interest in urban markets during the pandemic

As we’ve chronicled at City Observatory, there’s a welter of press accounts claiming that people are fleeing cities to escape the Coronavirus.


"The Forces That Will Reshape American Cities"

Bloomberg | July 3, 2020

The pandemic will likely accelerate the pull of the suburbs for families while pushing young people and businesses into more affordable urban areas.


"Nuveen Selects Start-Up to Manage Large-Scale Multifamily Assets"

GlobeST | June 30, 2020

The global asset manager is partnering with tech-forward, multifamily operator, Common in a 575-unit portfolio expansion.

Nuveen Real Estate has selected multifamily real estate operator, Common to manage operations and leasing for two of Nuveen’s largest, class A multifamily assets.


"For Newly Remote Workers, Small Town U.S.A. Will Lose Its Allure Soon Enough"

The Wall Street Journal | June 23, 2020

Lower taxes? Cheaper housing? Shorter commute? For some knowledge workers fleeing the big city amid the pandemic, the perks of relocating to a distant burg will soon grow stale.


"Why San Francisco shouldn’t worry about a tech-xodus"

Financial Times | June 22, 2020

Inequality, spiralling rents and now remote working: the city has a number of problems but keeps growing anyway


"Why cities will flourish in a post-Covid world: Talented young adults are moving to urban neighborhoods"

City Observatory | June 15, 2020

The movement of talented young adults to dense urban neighborhoods isn’t waning, it is widespread and accelerating, and it is powering urban revival.

Cities continue to be magnets for talented young adults The number of well-educated young adults living in close-in urban neighborhoods is increasing in every large US metropolitan area, and this trend has accelerated in recent years.