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Housing Supply

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
August 11, 2019, 9am PDT
Development impact fees in California triple the national average. A bill in the State Legislature would reform the state's development fees, as one measure in an effort to build more housing in the state.
The Mercury News
August 6, 2019, 12pm PDT
Details of the "Sue the Suburbs" movement wielding a new legal tool to counteract the traditionally obstructionist methods of land use regulation in California.
The Mercury News
August 6, 2019, 8am PDT
An editorial by the Los Angeles Times calls for the state to remove barriers to housing shortage after a report finds declining numbers of residential permits around the state.
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Boston region has achieved a jobs-housing imbalance only bested by the San Francisco Bay Area since the Great Recession.
The Boston Globe
Blog post
July 31, 2019, 5am PDT
Contrary to popular myth, New York is not drowning in new housing.
Michael Lewyn
July 21, 2019, 11am PDT
Transportation and land use are being considered together at a new scale in the Bay Area, as transit oriented development pops up next to BART stations all over the region.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2019, 9am PDT
Sydney built more than 30,000 multi-unit homes last year. That new supply has meant falling rents in most of the city.
The Sydney Morning Herald
June 27, 2019, 1pm PDT
A quarter of all Massachusetts renters spend more than half their income on rent. A report from the Smart Growth Alliance argues NIMBYism is partly to blame.
CityLab
June 25, 2019, 11am PDT
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released its annual "The State of the Nation's Housing" report this morning. There are some signs of post-recession normalcy in the housing market for high-income earners.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
June 12, 2019, 12pm PDT
Applied to roads, the theory of induced demand says new construction only brings out more users. But can something similar be said of housing? According to this research, the likely answer is no.
City Observatory
Blog post
April 29, 2019, 5am PDT
Inclusivity requirements should be used with caution. Increasing the portion of below-market housing units tends to reduce total housing production, particularly moderate-priced homes.
Todd Litman
April 21, 2019, 1pm PDT
Demand for housing in and around Seattle is way up—so much so that the region led the entire country in the number of apartments it has filled so far this year.
The Seattle Times
April 20, 2019, 5am PDT
Housing starts and permits are slowing nationwide. The current pace of construction would have been considered a trough in pre-recession economic cycles.
Marketwatch
April 11, 2019, 8am PDT
Building permits aren't the same thing as new buildings, as San Francisco proved once again in 2018.
Curbed San Francisco
March 17, 2019, 1pm PDT
It's time to get demand and supply on the same page, according to this report.
RCLCO
March 5, 2019, 12pm PST
Few in Los Angeles have the opinion that the lack of housing supply is driving the homeless crisis in the city and around the state.
Shelterforce
February 21, 2019, 10am PST
In the past ten years, Downtown Seattle has built more housing than all of San Francisco.
Seattle Times
February 21, 2019, 7am PST
An influx of millennials is driving population and housing growth in the Center City neighborhood.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philly.com
February 17, 2019, 5am PST
A new approach to affordable housing attempts to overcome the traditional approaches of supply-side economics and government-funded investments and extractions.
City Observatory