Housing Crisis

5 days ago
In Arlington, restricting density to preserve neighborhood character isn't new. A rowhouse ban in 1938 may be one factor behind today's steep prices and gentrification.
Greater Greater Washington
June 8, 2017, 1pm PDT
A diverse coalition of social justice, labor, and environmental groups have come together under the name Build Better San Diego to troubleshoot and advocate for affordable housing, writes affordable housing developer and advocate Murtaza Baxamusa.
UrbDeZine
Feature
June 8, 2017, 6am PDT
More trouble in River City, as Portland and Oregon struggle with rising housing costs and come up with a puzzling solution.
Michael Mehaffy
May 31, 2017, 5am PDT
Matthew Desmond, author of "Evicted," looks at the lives of Americans across the economic spectrum to gain insight into how homeownership, mainly through the mortgage tax deduction, keeps the U.S. unequal.
The New York Times
May 26, 2017, 10am PDT
Pasadena is revising its zoning regulations to accommodate more accessory dwelling units. This open letter to the city's Planning Commission includes sound suggestions, applicable everywhere.
UrbDeZine
May 23, 2017, 6am PDT
A New York Times feature details the re-emergence of the single room occupancy (SRO) unit in the New York rental market. Despite a stigma and an old-fashioned quality, the SRO is becoming a badly needed housing solution.
The New York Times
May 22, 2017, 8am PDT
A recent report from the Urban Institute warns of potentially expanding catastrophe for affordable housing around the country.
Business Insider
May 20, 2017, 1pm PDT
Matthew Desmond's ethnographic study has received critical praise. But David Adler asks whether the book's approach tacitly lets affluent non-landlords off the hook.
Current Affairs
May 19, 2017, 8am PDT
An op-ed written by city officials from two South Bay Area cities argues that reform of land use regulations won't be enough to solve California's housing crisis.
The Mercury News
May 10, 2017, 9am PDT
Dan Walters has some harsh words for California state leaders. He says their approach to the housing shortage has been "tepid" and "lackadaisical."
The Sacramento Bee
May 4, 2017, 11am PDT
The controversy over the recent ballot initiative known as Measure S has Los Angeles thinking: How can the city accommodate new housing supply without disenfranchising communities?
The Planning Report
May 1, 2017, 6am PDT
California State Senator Scott Wiener argues that advocating for subsidized affordable housing isn't enough. Anyone concerned with ending the state's housing crisis needs to get behind market-rate development.
Art + Marketing
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
April 4, 2017, 12pm PDT
A recent survey found young people are more likely to support development in their neighborhood than their older counterparts in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.
San Francisco Business Times
March 30, 2017, 8am PDT
Communities across Nebraska report plenty of jobs to go around, but not enough housing for the workers to fulfill the demand.
Omaha World-Herald
February 14, 2017, 8am PST
Mayor Ed Lee comes out against the city controller's proposed percentages for affordable housing, saying the numbers, "…have no relevance to what we economically can accomplish"
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2017, 7am PST
A public service announcement on behalf of renters priced out of the housing market: "Talk to your friends about zoning."
Slate
February 10, 2017, 9am PST
With rents on the rise even in "inexpensive" cities like New Orleans, artists and musicians are getting priced out. Affordable housing designated for artists is one way to help them stay.
PBS NewsHour
December 30, 2016, 6am PST
A new study of evictions in the city of Philadelphia reveals a problem that is more widespread than expected, while also affecting certain neighborhoods and racial groups more than others.
PlanPhilly
December 21, 2016, 11am PST
AB 71, originating from the California Assembly, would raise funding for low-income housing construction by ending an existing tax break for second homes.
Los Angeles Times