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Cost of Housing

May 4, 2021, 8am PDT
The state of Minnesota requires local rent control law to be approved by general election, so the city of Minneapolis is forced to take several preemptory steps to get a rent stabilization ordinance on the ballot.
MinnPost
December 16, 2020, 6am PST
A new report by RentCafé reveals the extent of the pandemic's influence on the rental market—so far.
RentCafé
November 29, 2020, 11am PST
The Vancouver Empty Homes Tax will soon be three times as high as it was when adopted in 2017.
CTV News Vancouver
November 12, 2020, 12pm PST
California voters, with a reputation for liberal politics, have repeatedly refused to approve statewide rent control laws at the ballot box.
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2018, 9am PDT
Skyrocketing housing costs in California are pushing people out to other parts of the country.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
July 24, 2018, 10am PDT
The market is working, according to City Observatory's take on data finding declining rents in the city of Portland.
City Observatory
March 20, 2018, 11am PDT
A building boom in cities like Seattle has slowed rising rents, but experts don't see this as a lasting trend.
Governing
November 12, 2017, 9am PST
Seattle has released the long-awaited environmental impact statement for the Mandatory Housing Affordability program—a final step in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda process launched by former Mayor Ed Murray.
Seattle Met
June 25, 2017, 5am PDT
According to Joe Cortright, a slowing pace of rent inflation in most large cities in the United States, combined with decreasing rents in many cities, shows how adding supply can help balance the market.
City Observatory
April 20, 2017, 2pm PDT
Housing prices have increased 33 percent compared to the previous year in Toronto, and now the provincial government is snapping into action.
The Toronto Star
Blog post
March 28, 2017, 2pm PDT
Some commentators argue that even if cities allow housing supply to expand, more permissive zoning will cause land prices to increase, causing rents to rise rather than fall. This post disagrees.
Michael Lewyn
March 14, 2017, 10am PDT
Portland has built many new apartments in the city's core, and that seems to be slowing down rent growth in the area.
The Oregonian
December 11, 2016, 9am PST
In the ongoing and contentious debate about whether market-rate development is a cure or a disease, another writer comes down on the side of more supply, no matter the cost.
Bloomberg
December 9, 2016, 1pm PST
Beacon Economics projects a slowdown in job growth in the San Francisco Bay Area due to the region's high housing costs.
San Francisco Business Times
October 28, 2016, 10am PDT
An organization representing Canadian cities is asking for $12.7 billion to respond to rising housing costs.
Next City
October 6, 2016, 11am PDT
Even as rents continue to rise nationally, some of the most expensive cities like San Jose, San Francisco, and New York have seen rents fall this year.
The Wall Street Jounal
September 13, 2016, 2pm PDT
Americans are growing more apprehensive about their housing security.
CityLab
August 14, 2016, 9am PDT
It's not just New York and San Francisco—many professions don't offer enough wages to afford an apartment at today's prices.
Housing Perspectives
July 23, 2016, 7am PDT
Like many cities around the country, Portland, Maine is faced with rising costs for housing as demand outpaces supply.
Island Institute
Feature
June 28, 2016, 2pm PDT
Is Airbnb to blame for rising house prices? This article by Leigh Stewart from Tranio.com investigates how easy money from the collaborative economy could be making homes too expensive for tenants and genuine buyers.
Leigh Stewart