August 15, 2015, 1pm PDT
A new report from Zillow shows evidence of a deepening crisis in the rental housing market.
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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June 30, 2015, 7am PDT
The familiar tales of expensive living in U.S. cities like San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver gain a little perspective when compared to London. Or maybe London just provides a crystal ball to the future of those cities and others like them.
June 29, 2015, 2pm PDT
An article in Governing argues that increased housing supply in Bricknell has helped keep down the costs of housing in adjacent neighborhoods like Overtown and Little Havana.
June 23, 2015, 7am PDT
A zoning bill has stirred up the fear that dense development projects will transform Seattle into a "Soviet cityscape." Residents accuse developers of using loopholes to squeeze in pricey, out-of-character townhomes.
June 22, 2015, 9am PDT
More raw housing stock is only the first step. Without comprehensive transit, the value of density can't extend beyond the city center.
May 6, 2015, 7am PDT
Having just wrapped up a great CNU in Dallas, April 29 through May 2, a collection of urbanists share some of the ideas that resonated the most.
April 28, 2015, 10am PDT
For all the discussion about affordable housing at the APA National Conference in Seattle last week, clear solutions have yet to emerge. Polycentric regional planning is one long-term goal.
April 15, 2015, 10am PDT
While rates of homelessness drop elsewhere, tents and cardboard are becoming a very regular sight in Seattle. New wealth and newly unaffordable housing may be twin culprits.
March 2, 2015, 7am PST
The recent glut of luxury development, gentrification, and high rents has been frequently condemned. But what factors affecting affordability might that discussion miss?
February 11, 2015, 2pm PST
In San Francisco at this time last year, Google bus protestors and Ellis Act rage were making the news everyday. The City seems a little more...adjusted these days.
February 4, 2015, 9am PST
San Francisco Mayor Ed lee is so far running unopposed for re-election next Fall, which means that voters won't be offered a chance for a referendum on his support for the tech industry.
January 30, 2015, 9am PST
A newly released report from a U.K. housing non-profit reports a "Staggering turn-around" in attitudes about housing—more specifically described as a sharp decline in NIMBYism.
December 20, 2014, 11am PST
SPUR didn't give a grade to the Bay Area on housing affordability in its most recent issue of The Urbanist, but it does provide a thorough overview of the current and ongoing efforts to make housing more affordable in the region.
December 20, 2014, 7am PST
The new TOD Index provides solid information on Transit-Oriented Development impact and benefits. It indicates that home values near rail stations outperform the national market, yet they are also more affordable for residents.
November 1, 2014, 1pm PDT
A recent post identifies a sweet spot in the urban market: affordable cities like Cincinnati and others in the Rust Belt that provide an attractive alternative to more expensive, if more famous, cities on the coasts.
September 2, 2014, 10am PDT
Shaila Dewan details the increasing rates at which renters all over the country forced from their homes by eviction.
August 22, 2014, 5am PDT
Dave Munson discovered the neighborhoods throughout the United States that are both affordable by his salary and walkable.
May 15, 2014, 6am PDT
Jed Kolko presents the findings of a study that examines the available stock of housing available to those earning the median income around the country in different cities around the country.
March 4, 2014, 10am PST
A new map tool breaks down the availability of rental housing around the United States by county. While some markets are tighter than others, it’s impossible to find a place in the United States that has enough rental units per low-income households.
Urban Institute: MetroTrends Blog