June 10, 2021 / SB 9 is designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what it does: SB 9’s authors call it a duplex bill that allows split lots in single-family areas. Only after intense pressure from critics including Livable California did the authors concede that the bill
Famed Urbanist Peter Calthorpe is Against Upzoning: Put Housing in Commercial Areas, DON’T Bulldoze Neighborhoods!
Map: El Camino Real runs 43 miles through Silicon Valley and can absorb 250,000 housing units instead of TEARING APART our neighborhoods. The Bay Area has 16,000 acres of underused commercial lots that could absorb 1.6M new units of housing. [May 24, 2021 Editor's Note: Famed Sustainable Communities author and urbanist Peter Calthorpe is a
NEWS UPDATE: On Saturday Aug. 29, the California state senate APPROVED AB 725, cousin to SB 1120, in a split vote. Needing 21 votes, it got 23. An unfortunate outcome. Now the two houses will have a meeting called "concurrence" to work out lingering details. Then, the bill goes to Gov. Newsom. We hope
In 2020, all California cities face an existential battle to save their livability, affordability and environment from state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, and his dozen or so hardcore followers in the legislature, who embrace Wiener’s failed theory that building dense luxury housing will “trickle down” to the rest of us. LivableCalifornia.org is a
By Julia Carrie Wong : theguardian.com It was a beautiful winter day in San Francisco, and Zoe was grooving to the soundtrack of the roller-skating musical Xanadu as she rode an e-scooter to work. The 29-year-old tech worker had just passed the Uber building when, without warning, a homeless man jumped into the bike lane
By Simon Perez KPIX-5 Video The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is thinking about ways to reduce the traffic and housing crunch in its Plan Bay Area 2050. One of the concepts the MTC is looking at is putting a cap on office space in cities that have more jobs than houses. The idea is to push