November 25, 2016, 7am PST
A post examining common responses to the question of why the cost of housing continues to rise requires a frank discussion about the nature of Seattle's "housing shortage."
November 9, 2016, 10am PST
Industries over leased and developers over built. The city of Houston's office market has gone from boom to bust in only a few years.
August 31, 2016, 6am PDT
About 6,500 apartments in 19 towers within 10 square blocks on Flatbush Avenue are expected to be available within two years, but don't expect rents to plunge. Renters should look for perks like one or more months of free rent.
August 12, 2016, 11am PDT
There's plenty to talk about in a city where rents have increased by 51 percent since 2010.
June 16, 2016, 10am PDT
If you can afford it, now would be a good time to move to San Francisco and rent in a new, high-end apartment building. Rents will still be among the highest in the country, but property owners are offering many perks.
June 15, 2016, 12pm PDT
The Boston Globe casts doubt on the idea that large amounts of new housing in Boston will be able to reduce already high housing prices in the city.
May 19, 2016, 12pm PDT
The relief that renters have been seeking might finally be on the way, if several market indicators are to be believed. If and when rent does fall, supply might have finally caught up with demand.
May 17, 2016, 11am PDT
A San Francisco startup will allow landlords to auction long-term rental leases to competing bidders online.
February 18, 2016, 2pm PST
Knee-jerk, ideological reactions to the California housing crisis rest on faulty arguments and threaten to cheat the state out of workable solutions.
February 18, 2016, 6am PST
With a multitude of new high-end apartment complexes coming online, Houston residents are reaping the rewards of lowered rents as landlords struggle to fill vacancies due to a slowing oil economy.
February 11, 2016, 9am PST
Multiple reports about the priciest real estate in New York City say a glut of supply is leading to high vacancies and lower rent.
February 5, 2016, 1pm PST
Washington, D.C. joins Denver and Seattle as locations credited with slowing the rising cost of housing by building an abundant new supply of residential units.
Greater Greater Washington
January 27, 2016, 7am PST
Denver just joined Seattle in an exclusive club: high demand cities with flattening or falling rents.
December 21, 2015, 8am PST
A housing market analyst finds that traditional models do a poor job of measuring supply and demand, which makes it very difficult to know how much supply is needed to meet demand.
December 16, 2015, 8am PST
Planners and community development housing activists and professionals need to start thinking about housing policy as "both...and." It is not reasonable to couch housing policy as either unfettered building or only rent.
November 30, 2015, 1pm PST
Paul Krugman, one of the most influential voices of liberal policy in the United States, has identified a culprit in the U.S. affordability crisis: over-regulation.
August 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
In an insightful article, William Fulton unpacks the supply-demand cycle driving costs skyward in certain areas. To address the problem, new construction needs an unprecedented level of diversity.
California Planning & Development Report
August 7, 2015, 8am PDT
Jarrett Walker outlines the conditions under which transit serves the greatest number of travelers. Maximizing ridership, he argues, requires thinking like a business and catering to demand.
August 5, 2015, 2pm PDT
Attempts to limit new construction to preserve neighborhood character are an example of "beggar thy neighbor" politics.
July 4, 2015, 9am PDT
It makes economic sense: increase supply in desirable areas to match demand. These articles look at some of the factors complicating that story in on the west coast.
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