Mercury News: Opinion: Popular California housing narrative upended by planning expert

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This article was originally published in the Mercury News. By Susan Candell California clearly has a housing affordability crisis. Unfortunately, the response from Sacramento politicians has only made the problem worse. Cities and resident groups are now pushing back, and a recent court filing by one of the country’s leading planning experts confirms their contention that state […]

UCLA Professor and World Planning Expert Explains Why Recent One-Size-Fits-All Housing Laws Won’t Actually Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

From the study: Urban economics and branches of mainstream economics – what we call the ‘housing as opportunity’ school of thought – have been arguing that shortages of affordable housing in dense agglomerations represent a fundamental barrier to economic development. Housing shortages are considered to limit migration into thriving cities, curtailing their expansion potential, generating […]

Common Dreams: A Lack of Supply Isn’t Causing Our Housing Crisis

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Note from Our Neighborhood Voices: More and more Californians are waking up to the fact that “trickle down housing” has not made all housing more affordable like Sacramento politicians and for-profit developers tried to tell us it would. Now they are telling us that the “solution” to our affordable housing crisis is to destroy local […]

CalMatters: How a ballot measure and population revisions complicate California housing war

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A Note from Our Neighborhood Voices: We don’t need to destroy single-family neighborhoods or local democracy to build the affordable housing our communities need. We believe that local residents and neighbors know their needs best – not Sacramento politicians or for-profit developers. If you agree, join us using the form below. This article originally appeared […]

Mercury News: Elias: California’s rebellion against housing density mandates has begun

Note from Our Neighborhood Voices: Our “rebellion” is a grassroots movement made up of local elected officials, community leaders and neighbors who all believe that we don’t need to destroy local democracy to build the affordable housing our state needs. Tens of thousands of Californians have joined us because we know that neighbors should be […]

48 Hills: Lots of housing laws. Not much housing

Hearing, data show how the state’s ‘streamlining’ supply-side approach is failing. This article originally appeared in 48 Hills By: Zelda Bronstein Since the 1970s, apostles of growth have decried local control of land use as the evil that has to be stamped out if housing is ever to become abundant and broadly affordable. Today the […]