Housing

September 17, 2016, 5am PDT
This week featured good news on the economy like it was pre-2008.
Planetizen
September 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
California's average home prices are 2.5 times the national average and rising, so why is it so hard to build a political coalition to build more housing, and especially more affordable housing?
Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2016, 10am PDT
Research from BuildZoom, a San Francisco-based contractors' website, shows that housing affordability increases with a region's ability to build outwards, as opposed to upwards. Densification largely has not accompanied efforts to curb sprawl.
The Wall Street Journal
September 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Voters in six Bay Area cities in four Bay Area counties will determine the outcome of eight ballot measures on rent and eviction control. Two of the cities will have city council-sponsored measures competing against voter initiatives.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2016, 5am PDT
Recent analysis shows that Americans are less willing to pay extra for large houses. It's information best viewed skeptically, but it's also worth considering why this trend has finally, semmingly swung the other way.
City Observatory
September 13, 2016, 2pm PDT
Americans are growing more apprehensive about their housing security.
CityLab
September 12, 2016, 1pm PDT
When more people start looking to buy a home in downtown areas, developers start to build condos. Boston provides the latest case study of this market tendency.
The Boston Globe
September 11, 2016, 11am PDT
'Housing first' has become a policy buzzword of sorts to describe an approach to homeless services. A pair of new reports on the homelessness situation in Seattle finds consensus on the need for a housing first policy.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
September 10, 2016, 5am PDT
The fastest two minutes in planning news.
Planetizen
September 9, 2016, 6am PDT
A year ago, Portland declared an official housing emergency to ease homelessness and rising housing costs. A year later, the emergency continues.
The Oregonian
September 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Faced with a national housing crisis, it's time for cities to stop letting social mores dictate who can live where.
Slate
Blog post
September 8, 2016, 10am PDT
Trust between the public and government agencies is low, and democracies are paralyzed without it. How can community engagement help restore trust? This post outlines the challenge and a process for solving it.
Dave Biggs
September 7, 2016, 10am PDT
There's a physical cost to rising rents, and Oakland residents are paying the price.
SFGate
September 7, 2016, 7am PDT
A median-income family in the L.A. metro area spends 73 percent of their income on housing and transportation alone. L.A. Metro explains why and how they're taking huge steps to get affordable housing on land they own—where it will do the most good.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
September 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
The state of California stepped into to make it easier for local governments to approve permissive regulations of accessory dwelling units.
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2016, 6am PDT
Analysis by FiveThirtyEight offers a lesson in trade-offs. In this case: how much more New Yorkers are willing to pay for less time spent commuting.
FiveThirtyEight
September 2, 2016, 1pm PDT
New research from Trulia finds that an "economic convergence" of housing markets is not happening: the housing rich are getting richer, while the housing poor are getting poorer.
Trulia
August 31, 2016, 10am PDT
On the promise of ownership, rent-to-own landlords make tenants pay for repairs. And on the lower end, homes often come with code violations built in. This market's legal grey spaces distinctly echo 2008.
New York Times
August 31, 2016, 6am PDT
About 6,500 apartments in 19 towers within 10 square blocks on Flatbush Avenue are expected to be available within two years, but don't expect rents to plunge. Renters should look for perks like one or more months of free rent.
The New York Times
August 30, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Denver City Council approved two separate moratoriums on building types that are adding infill density to neighborhoods in the city.
The Denver Post