Skyrocketing housing costs in California are pushing people out to other parts of the country.
California had a net loss of 143,000 residents in 2016, and people continue to leave the state, report Prashant Gopal and Noah Buhayar:
For some Californians, the state’s punishing housing costs, high taxes, and constant threat of natural disaster have all become too much. They’re making their escape to areas such as Boise, Phoenix, and Reno, Nev., fueling some of the biggest home-price gains in the country.
This influx of new residents is driving up housing costs in these other places, and that is good news for existing homeowners. But, locals who want to buy homes are feeling the pressure of rising home prices, and some city leaders are calling for preemptive affordable housing measures.
Gopal and Buhayar say that a secondary factor driving these moves is political persuasion, with some transplants from California seeking more conservative communities. At the same time, liberals are experiencing culture shock. “It’s not new for politics to factor into moving decisions—it’s just that in the age of Trump, tensions get magnified,” say Gopal and Buhayar.
The Unceremonious Death of a Freeway Expansion Project
The end of an Oregon freeway project didn't get much fanfare, but the victory is worth celebrating.
Converting Golf Courses to Housing Never as Easy as the Market Would Like
Thousands of golf courses have closed in recent years, but the obvious redevelopment opportunity represented by many defunct courses isn’t always easy to realize.
Houston To End Bike Share Program
Lacking the funding it needs to continue, Houston’s BCycle bike share system will end operations in the coming months.
FTA Announces Tribal Transit Program Grants
The agency awarded close to $10 million to 22 communities around the country for transit improvements.
Making Colorado’s Front Range Rail a Reality
Local leaders are scrambling to bring together the funding and political support to create new intercity rail service in the fast-growing region.
How College Campuses Fulfill an Urbanist Dream
Most college campuses in the United States are inherently walkable, mixing various uses with diverse housing options and transit networks.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Mpact: Mobility, Community, Possibility
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
City of San Carlos
National Capital Planning Commission
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.