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North Park – Higher Density, Better Design – Union Tribune, August 2016

HIGHER DENSITY, SMARTER DESIGN New North Park community plan promises more density, but better design that is concentrated in three main transportation corridors BY ROGER SHOWLEY North Park, one of San Diego’s earliest suburbs for the city’s burgeoning population a century ago, is the epicenter of another development trend: infill. With most “greenfield” development sites [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:20:17+00:00August 7th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Homeownership Rate in the U.S. Drops to Lowest Since 1965 – Bloomberg

The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than 50 years as rising prices put buying out of reach for many renters. The share of Americans who own their homes was 62.9 percent in the second quarter, the lowest since 1965, according to a Census Bureau report Thursday. It was the second straight [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:22:10+00:00July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Solve California’s Housing Shortage? Build ‘Granny Flats’ in Homeowners’ Backyards

To help ease California’s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people’s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:23:28+00:00July 26th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Bay Area Council – By Right Toolkit

GOAL: BUILD EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN’S “BY-RIGHT” HOUSING PROPOSAL During the legislative recess, the Right to Build Coalition will lead a robust education and awareness campaign in support of Governor Jerry Brown’s landmark reform proposal – “By-Right" Housing Proposal (also known as the Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals 2016-17 Budget Trailer [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:44:07+00:00July 25th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

With more than 16 million Americans today residing within two miles (3.2 km) of their city hall, the recent revival of downtown living may be most obvious in the form of newly built luxury residential high rises appearing in so many cities. A less-noticed dimension of the downtown housing story over the past several years [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:27:36+00:00July 22nd, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Developer Covers New Homes in Metal, Fiberglass – San Diego UT

If you’re going to pay the increasingly high price for a San Diego home, at least get one that isn’t going to break the bank in maintenance. That’s the theory of Lee Schwartz, a developer in the middle of building three nearly identical 1,800-square-foot homes at G and 31st streets just south of Golden Hill. [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:31:20+00:00July 20th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Many boomers in denial over possible problems of growing old in the suburbs – The Herald

Greg Glischinski and his wife, Sheri, have lived in their two-story brick and wood Colonial-style house for more than three decades. The retirees, both in their 60s, want to stay where they are for the rest of their lives. But their house has no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor. It is on [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:32:24+00:00July 13th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Affordable Advocates and Supply – Forbes July 2016

Advocates for subsidized, low-income housing are good at calling for more money to build subsidized housing to offset high housing prices. But why are housing prices so high in the first place? The lack of market rate supply contributes to high prices that puts market rate housing out of reach, and as long as that [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:33:38+00:00July 12th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

YIMBY Lecture – Sightline Institute July 2016

Last month, Seattle mom, homeowner, and urbanist Sara Maxana gave a keynote address at the first national YIMBY conference, held in Boulder, Colorado. That’s “Yes In My Back Yard,” an invitation to build more homes—of more types and sizes and affordability levels—so that our cities can remain places of opportunity for many, rather than enclaves [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:35:32+00:00July 7th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

San Diego Boosts Affordable Housing Incentives

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a package of measures aimed at alleviating the city's acute shortage of affordable housing. The measures, which passed unanimously, include an increase to the "density bonus" available for projects with more housing reserved for low-income residents. Higher-density housing is more attractive for developers because they can make [...]

By |2018-02-19T22:37:17+00:00June 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments