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For years, the California legislators have been passing bills to allow accessory dwelling units on single-family residential lots. These laws haven't attracted the same attention as other failed laws, but their effect is significant.
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2019, 1pm PDT
Advocates argue the array of small dwelling options provide much-needed affordable housing. But, living in these units, many of which are extremely small, isn't the alternative many people would choose.
Fast Company
October 1, 2019, 2pm PDT
For the second year in a row, New Orleans is losing more affordable housing than it is creating, according to a recent report published by HousingNOLA.
The New Orleans Advocate
September 27, 2019, 2pm PDT
Permits for new housing continue to lag despite a long economic boom. For coastal metros, it's a familiar story of job growth outpacing new construction. In some Sun Belt cities, sprawl is the bigger concern.
CityLab
September 24, 2019, 12pm PDT
Despite the environmental effects of exurban sprawl, Northern California's housing shortage is being alleviated on the extreme edges of the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2019, 7am PDT
The Washington Post Editorial Board responds to the growing wave of approved and proposed rent control measures—from Oregon and California to the campaign platform of Bernie Sanders.
The Washington Post
September 23, 2019, 2pm PDT
With several years of contentious political debates, many surrounding homelessness, ravaging Seattle, a writer attempts to explain how the politics of city building got so heated.
Crosscut
September 20, 2019, 8am PDT
This past year looked promising in terms of opportunities to tackle the state’s housing woes. But most measures failed and the problem is just growing.
Rolling Stone
September 13, 2019, 8am PDT
it's been an historic year for rent control on the West Coast, as California joins Oregon as the first states to approve statewide rent control laws.
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2019, 12pm PDT
If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 as expected, downzonings, density reductions, housing construction moratoriums, and housing caps will become illegal.
The Orange County Register
September 6, 2019, 8am PDT
New research using the Terner Center California Residential Land Use Survey also connects demographic trends to housing development opposition.
Terner Center for Housing Innovation
September 5, 2019, 1pm PDT
Charles Loveman, executive director of Heritage Housing Partners, explains the historical role that subsidized demand played in spurring housing production and the value of low to moderate-income affordable homeownership development.
The Planning Report
August 30, 2019, 10am PDT
San Jose has issued a steadily-rising number of ADU permits in recent years. Now, Mayor Sam Liccardo has implemented measures to ease the process for homeowners who want to build granny flats.
The Mercury News
August 30, 2019, 8am PDT
Local governments in Southern California have chafed at a call from Governor Gavin Newsom for 1.3 million new homes over the next decade. The Southern California Association of Governments has proposed only 430,000.
The Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2019, 10am PDT
Hospitals are uniquely suited to make an impact in the ongoing affordable housing crisis in the United States.
Managed Healthcare Executive
August 21, 2019, 2pm PDT
For Montgomery County in Maryland, accessory dwelling units are a viable strategy to help ease the affordable housing crisis.
Greater Greater Washington
August 20, 2019, 2pm PDT
Extreme weather is exacerbating the threats posing communities struggling with a lack of affordable housing.
Next City
August 20, 2019, 10am PDT
In case you weren't already aware, there are is a how subculture of debate and controversy on Twitter devoted to the subject of housing. And if you were aware, and perhaps are a participant, here's what Fast Company is saying about you.
Fast Company
August 20, 2019, 5am PDT
A new paper published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University raises the stakes of the discussion about exclusionary zoning and its role in the ongoing housing affordability crisis in the United States.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
August 13, 2019, 9am PDT
Call it a role reversal: Oakland is building far more apartments and housing units than San Francisco—a reversal of the history of development in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Chronicle