The No. 1 place for startup innovation fueled by venture capital in the United States and the world by a huge margin is the San Francisco Bay Area. There’s not even a place that comes close. And when I say the Bay Area, I mean San Francisco proper, Oakland and the East Bay, and the Silicon Valley.
Author Archives: Niloo Nouri
The Great Defenders of the Status Quo
Environmental laws are being used to justify oil drilling in Los Angeles, single-family zoning in Minneapolis, and the construction of the border wall.
The Build-Nothing Country
This post is going to be a bit of a rant, because honestly I’m pretty frustrated, and I want the rest of you to understand and share at least a little bit of that frustration.
Court blocks housing for homeless and 1,100 UC Berkeley students at People’s Park
A California appeals court ruled Friday that a $312 million plan to turn Berkeley’s historic People’s Park into housing for about 1,100 students and more than 100 of the homeless people who regularly camp on the 2.8-acre site fails to address environmental concerns surrounding the proposed construction projects.
To save downtowns, we need to embrace windowless bedrooms
From Oct 2022
Bobby Fijan, a real estate developer who likes to tweet about floor plans, recently offered this as an example of how a contemporary downtown office building could be converted into apartments.
The final curtain for the Regal UA, Berkeley’s 90-year-old art deco movie palace
Generations of movie-goers are mourning the loss of a cinematic and architectural treasure, which closed around Feb. 3, weeks before anticipated.
Are Tiny Homes a Solution to the Housing Crisis?
A tug of war is being waged over the size of the American home.
Fake environmental reviews are killing good housing projects. Here’s what California can do about it
Climate change is upon us. Even with Congress finally investing in green energy, Californians face many decades of worsening wildfires and rising seas.
The Tokyo Toilet
“Tokyo’s public restrooms are a stroke of Genius.”
With Flexibility Over Parking, Oregon Homebuilders Get to Work
Tens of thousands of homes are now more buildable, including several projects now resurrected that local parking mandates had previously killed.