http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-builds-lots-of-new-apartments-but-not-so-many-parking-spots/ High density does not make a walkable transit oriented city. However, high density with low car ownership does. Getting rid of parking minimum requirements is an important step toward a more walkable and healthier city, plus makes market rate housing more affordable. $35,000 per downtown parking space is the average cost. It’s not a […]
Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across California. However, there has been little discussion about the real-world consequences of this policy on the planning profession with regard to public participation.
With rising inequality, a looming climate change crisis, and persistent state of housing unaffordability being the defining issues in the growth of American cities in the twenty-first century, it is time for urban planners to take social policy seriously. Too often, social policy is relegated to a specialized role for advocacy planners, at other times […]
As the economy improves, California’s affordable housing crisis is worsening. The average rent in California ($1,240) is almost fifty percent higher than the national average. This is pricing out our state’s low-wage blue collar workers, who have flat incomes and rising commutes. It would take a service worker in San Jose 20 years to save […]
There is a building boom across California, but many communities have been historically left behind. Property tax increment has served as a planning and investment tool to provide public benefits such as affordable housing, good jobs and neighborhood amenities. However, with the end of redevelopment, cash-poor cities across California are exploring innovative strategies to fund […]
Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic impacts. Nor the public transportation agency that runs into fairy shrimp on the future route of a trolley line. Nor the city planners for multifamily housing around a transit station that face a revolt from […]
With the demise of redevelopment in California, some cities are looking for creative ways to stay solvent. One idea is to leverage New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) to buy properties and become landlords. This acquisition fund concept was recently adopted by Civic San Diego (CivicSD), a nonprofit corporation that is a consultant to the city […]
In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and […]
The apartment project on the back side of the Albertsons Grocery Store in San Diego’s East Village has broken ground.
San Diego – the Cedar Gateway project was recently completed in the Cortez Hill neighborhood. The six story 65 unit residential apartment building is located at 1620 Sixth Avenue on the block bounded by 5th and 6th Avenues, Cedar Street and I-5. It is an affordable housing project with 23 one bedroom apartments set aside […]