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YIMBYs

September 21, 2020, 5am PDT
One of the big questions of planning is up for debate with a proposed rezoning in the SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods of New York City: Can upzoning be an effective tool for affordability?
CityLimits
August 12, 2020, 8am PDT
The Portland Residential Infill Project is expected for approval by the Portland City Council today, culminating a six year process that became more and more ambitious with every iteration.
Sightline Institute
July 20, 2020, 9am PDT
DesegregateCT is a growing coalition of groups coalescing behind ideas like Missing Middle Housing and zoning reform as a means to improved housing affordability.
Hartford Courant
May 11, 2020, 9am PDT
A court ruling in Santa Clara County cleared the way for a large mixed-use development proposal to be built at the location of the Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino.
The Mercury News
April 22, 2020, 6am PDT
A study recently published by the District of Columbia offers supporting evidence to a supply-side approach to housing affordability in high-demand markets.
District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis
March 2, 2020, 8am PST
A federal bill intended to increase transparency in land use and zoning decisions as well as encourage localities to eliminate barriers to housing has advanced out of a House of Representative committee.
Financial Services Republicans
February 10, 2020, 9am PST
Many of the Democratic candidates have offered housing policy plans as a key plank in their election platforms, but here a prominent YIMBY politician confronts them directly on the housing crisis in California.
Palm Springs Desert Sun
February 6, 2020, 12pm PST
A ballot initiative by San Francisco Mayor London Breed would make it easier for qualifying developments (e.g., developments that include affordable housing) to sidestep discretionary approvals.
The New York Times
February 6, 2020, 5am PST
The idea of filtering is key to pro-housing-development arguments of the benefits of market-rate housing to the affordability of housing. New research finds that filtering is highly variable depending on location.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
February 5, 2020, 7am PST
"Everything You Think You Know About Housing Is Probably Wrong," reads the headline of this New York Times article.
The New York Times
January 30, 2020, 8am PST
For the third year in a row, an effort to increase density near transit in statewide in California has stalled in the legislature.
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2019, 9am PST
As a response to rising rental prices and low vacancy rates, Vancouver planners have created a package of zoning and process changes to provide incentives for new multi-family developments.
The Vancouver Sun
November 6, 2019, 2pm PST
Recent political interest in local land use regulations requires a thorough and nuanced understanding of the strengths and limitations of the methodologies available for measuring the effects of zoning.
Brookings
October 14, 2019, 9am PDT
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
September 18, 2019, 1pm PDT
Denny Zane reminds policymakers that local, community-focused decision making truly trumps the 'top-down, one-size-fits-all' legislative approach to housing.
The Planning Report
September 6, 2019, 7am PDT
The City Council of Durham, North Carolina has approved changes to the city's master plan, first approved in 2005, to allow new forms of density in residential neighborhoods proximate to the city's downtown urban core.
News & Observer
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 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
July 30, 2019, 9am PDT
Developers can be our friends, according to this article, as they have been before.
The New York Times
July 19, 2019, 12pm PDT
The Renaissance Revival building that houses New York City's beloved Strand Bookstore is under consideration by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. The case has provoked debate between rival advocates.
Pacific Standard