Housing Costs

November 23, 2016, 12pm PST
The construction of thousands of rental apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are credited with driving down costs at the upper end of the New York City rental market.
The Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2016, 11am PDT
The city of Vancouver has emerged as a leader in "laneway" housing: secondary units built onto existing lots, often facing an alleyway. To boost supply, the city may expedite permitting for modular units.
Vancouver Sun
October 14, 2016, 9am PDT
Residents of Rust Belt cities might pay less for housing, but they pay a lot more for energy.
Redfin
August 26, 2016, 1pm PDT
The cost of housing affects millions across the country, but the issue has been conspicuously absent in the campaigns. Hillary Clinton's plan includes an imprecise remedy, while Donald Trump's pronouncements have been vaguer still.
Next City
August 24, 2016, 10am PDT
Here's a controversial assertion: expensive, desirable cities are doing everyone else a favor by forcing people to move.
Bloomberg View
August 1, 2016, 5am PDT
Political junkies, map nerds, and transit fans all got plenty of big news to digest during the last week of July 2016.
Planetizen
July 29, 2016, 6am PDT
London's central core never experienced the deterioration many American downtowns lived through, but the inner city/suburb dynamic was still at play. Now poverty is moving outward.
The Telegraph
July 28, 2016, 11am PDT
The North San Francisco Bay Area has lacked passenger rail for decades—but the process of hiring the staff necessary to operate the line on a daily basis has been complicated by the cost of housing in the area.
Marin Independent Journal
June 22, 2016, 10am PDT
As economic migration continues to swell its population, Texas has been heralded by some as a new California. But Johnny Sanphillippo argues that the Lone Star State's boom just isn't sustainable.
Strong Towns
May 16, 2016, 7am PDT
For decades, New York City's boom times lay deep in the past. Now that the city's growing again, Aaron Renn says New York may need to take cues from the Sun Belt, of all places.
Urbanophile
March 30, 2016, 10am PDT
The city of Portland is considering an expansion of parking requirements in Northwest Portland, much to the chagrin of advocates who predict the new requirements will make housing more expensive.
Bike Portland
March 16, 2016, 8am PDT
Writing for New Geography, Fannis Grammenos expresses skepticism that more compact cities are more affordable cities. In fact, Grammenos argues that just the opposite is true.
New Geography
December 30, 2015, 7am PST
In a state famous for affordability, people are beginning to ask a question more commonly associated with San Francisco or New York: Is Houston becoming home only to the affluent and the elite?
Houston Chronicle
December 14, 2015, 1pm PST
Leading other expensive cities in North America, Vancouver, British Columbia is quickly adding accessory dwelling units as a result of permissive regulations approved in 2009.
Citiscope
October 10, 2015, 1pm PDT
A new study by Trulia quantifies the number of houses that broached the $1 million listing benchmark in the city of San Francisco between January 2010 and September 2015. A pretty/scary infographic illustrates the findings.
Trulia
September 13, 2015, 9am PDT
This map tool hows gentrification-related statistics by Bay Area neighborhood, helping communities guess where the heaviest gentrification will occur.
Next City
August 28, 2015, 8am PDT
A ballot decision in November will determine whether San Francisco can sell $310 million in bonds to pay for affordable housing. The proposal coincides with Mayor Ed Lee's campaign for re-election.
Australian Financial Review
August 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
In an insightful article, William Fulton unpacks the supply-demand cycle driving costs skyward in certain areas. To address the problem, new construction needs an unprecedented level of diversity.
California Planning & Development Report
May 23, 2015, 1pm PDT
A housing report by Zillow finds that rents are growing faster—much faster, in some cases—than home values.
HousingWire
January 7, 2015, 11am PST
Same story, different year, though more data provided on which groups are leaving the Golden State: predominantly workers earning less than $50,000 a year. Conversely, those migrating to California from other states had higher incomes and education.
Los Angeles Times