Housing

Blog post
February 4, 2019, 10am PST
Although individual old buildings may be less expensive than newer ones nearby, historic preservation may make both old and new buildings more expensive.
Michael Lewyn
February 2, 2019, 7am PST
Seattle is going beyond transit oriented development by building apartments on parcels of land near stations.
CityLab
January 14, 2019, 9am PST
"Chicago Land Use: A Guide for Communities" is a new online resource whose release has been accompanied by community events to share info and empower Chicagoans to understand the zoning where they live.
South Side Weekly
January 10, 2019, 11am PST
Governor Gavin Newsom talks tough on housing in California.
Curbed
December 15, 2018, 1pm PST
A law under consideration in San Jose would prohibit landlords from disallowing Section 8 voucher users, though landlords could still turn away renters based on other criteria.
The Mercury News
November 16, 2018, 7am PST
An analysis of how flooding, the most frequent and costliest natural disaster in the U.S., will cause stress to the housing market in coming decades.
Penn IUR Urban Link
Blog post
November 11, 2018, 1pm PST
The Charter of the New Urbanism favors infill development, yet new urbanists sometimes oppose infill, especially in historic urban areas. This post speculates on why that might be the case.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
October 26, 2018, 6am PDT
In The Battle of Lincoln Park, Daniel Kay Hertz chronicles the gentrification of Lincoln Park, and shows how its residents displaced renters and the poor.
Michael Lewyn
August 30, 2018, 8am PDT
An inheritance tax benefit, along with Proposition 13, has resulted in lower tax rates passing down through generations and billions of dollars in lost tax revenue.
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2018, 1pm PDT
Steven Vance argues that the city is missing an opportunity to zone for and create housing in and around the new Damen Green Line stop.
Streetsblog Chicago
August 6, 2018, 10am PDT
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced legislation that would tie federal funding to pro-development policies at the local level.
The American Prospect
July 28, 2018, 11am PDT
Trump’s tariffs on steel and other building materials are driving up building costs slowing development and pushing up rents.
The Boston Globe
July 25, 2018, 11am PDT
San Diego was identified for its failure to enact a Section 8 housing discrimination ordinance in a recent American Bar Association article. Poverty law attorney Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi explains the situation.
UrbDeZine
June 3, 2018, 11am PDT
A new service targeted at seniors buys homes, but lets the previous owner stay.
Slate
April 27, 2018, 8am PDT
Contract-for-deed mortgages, which don't give home buyers ownership of a home until they pay off the entire loan, are legal, but a lawsuit alleges the ones made by Harbour Portfolio Advisors violated the Fair Housing Act.
The Atlantic
April 21, 2018, 11am PDT
Coach houses could provide affordable housing and revenue for home owners if they were more widely permitted in the city.
Chicago Cityscape
April 21, 2018, 9am PDT
The Balboa Reservoir is the perfect spot for housing in San Francisco, Nicole Lindler argues, and the notion that it should remain a surface parking lot shows badly disordered priorities.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2018, 10am PDT
Kate Wagner argues that moral arguments about what kind of architecture is fitting, can stand in the way of good planning.
Common Edge
March 22, 2018, 11am PDT
Though a handful of recent articles predicted "peak Silicon Valley," new numbers show the region is still producing lots of good jobs and attracting plenty of venture capital.
Bloomberg View
January 18, 2018, 2pm PST
We asked more than a dozen urban experts: How will cities gain or lose from the competition to host Amazon's second North American headquarters?
Penn IUR Urban Link