Not enough affordable housing in Berkeley

I am always surprised (although I know I shouldn’t be) when I learn that so-called progressive cities like Berkeley do not meet their affordable housing needs. With so many students, educated, liberal people housing should be a de facto part of city planning, it should be a matter of course. But shoulds are not realities and so […]

Happy New Year! And six stories in the news

Welcome to 2015. So far, more than 90,000 applicants are waiting to hear if they have been accepted into one of 924 available apartments at Hunter’s Point in Long Island City; Seattle residents continue to complain about the proposed upcoming linkage fee on new developments; and the New Jersey Supreme Court is launching an investigation on Governor […]

Affordable housing roundup: seven stories in the news

It is nearing the end of the month, so I thought I would share a handful of compelling news items. I have (unconsciously) favored positive stories, perhaps because the bulk of my research is depressing -for example, households with incomes of $15,000 or less per year who pay more than 50 percent of their income in […]

The case for linkage fees

The Seattle City Council is trying to fast track a measure that would add automatic linkage fees to new development throughout the city. This means developers of new buildings would pay between $5 and $22 per square foot into an affordable housing trust fund. This tax would vary depending on the economic strength of the neighborhood, […]