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Cecilia Estolano, former Executive Director of Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency, diagnoses why the region has been unable to provide housing for working-class citizens.
September 19, 2016, 9am PDT
The city of Portland is considering a new inclusionary zoning policy, but some believe that inclusionary zoning has the opposite of its intended effect.
September 17, 2016, 5am PDT
This week featured good news on the economy like it was pre-2008.
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.
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.
September 7, 2016, 10am PDT
There's a physical cost to rising rents, and Oakland residents are paying the price.
August 6, 2016, 11am PDT
A Los Angeles affordable-housing developer says the industry needs to focus more on keeping existing housing affordable.
July 26, 2016, 8am PDT
Big news has emerged from British Columbia, where the government has been criticized for not doing more to address the housing affordability crisis.
July 15, 2016, 11am PDT
Zoning for new housing supply isn't the answer to Vancouver's housing affordability crisis, according to an editorial in the Vancouver Sun. In fact, it might only be making the problem worse.
June 29, 2016, 12pm PDT
A new survey finds that many Americans are still extremely pessimistic about the state of the housing market—many even believe that the worst of the mortgage foreclosure crisis that began in 2008 is yet to come.
June 1, 2016, 11am PDT
Now that tech companies have "discovered" Portland, Oregon, longtime residents question whether the progressive city has done enough to protect them from displacement. Sound familiar?
April 11, 2016, 1pm PDT
Despite Airbnb's promises to better regulate the hosts that use their site, and despite legislation approved a little over a year ago by the city, abuse of short-term rentals is rampant in San Francisco.
April 5, 2016, 5am PDT
Amid the ubiquitous, and inconsistent, reportage on rising rents and housing prices, a guide from City Observatory helps point readers toward the most accurate numbers.
February 26, 2016, 9am PST
The Boston-area's supply of urban housing is failing people starting their careers, writes an architect and fan of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
February 20, 2016, 1pm PST
A local writer evaluates the results of a 2014 ordinance that updated regulations regarding the development of microhousing. The Seattle City Council could once again revisit the regulations as part of the city's HALA process.
February 19, 2016, 10am PST
The bloated cost of housing in Vancouver and Toronto has raised concerns among market analysts about a potential correction. Presumably, people in Canada are also worried about the price of housing.
February 10, 2016, 7am PST
The new International Housing Affordability Survey contains various errors and biases. The author even claims that compact housing reduces fertility. Really? Smart policies can create affordable and family-friendly housing.
February 5, 2016, 1pm PST
Washington, D.C. joins Denver and Seattle as locations credited with slowing the rising cost of housing by building an abundant new supply of residential units.
Greater Greater Washington
February 4, 2016, 1pm PST
Inclusionary zoning and weakened urban growth boundaries are not effective tools for reducing the price of housing. Joe Cortright of City Observatory suggests ending parking requirements instead.
January 9, 2016, 9am PST
Following the recent example of cities like Vancouver, Austin, and Berkeley, Oakland, CA recently made it much easier for residents to create secondary units, also known as accessory dwelling units.