Displacement, Gentrification

The Future of Displacement

August 24, 2015

The year is 2030. Protesters gather around yet another apartment building where long-term residents are being evicted to accommodate newcomers. We must be in San Francisco. No, we’re in Oakland. Guess again. It’s Hayward. Or, Concord. Or perhaps, Santa Rosa. In 2030, these and many other Bay Area communities may realize that their neighborhood has turned the corner from displacement…

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Sustainable Development

Possibilities for a Sustainable, Equitable Planet

March 25, 2015

How should we consume the planet’s resources, who should bear the costs, and how, as a society, should we make these decisions? On March 5, 2015, theInstitute for Urban & Regional Development (IURD) and theInstitute for Research on Labor & Employment (IRLE) jointly sponsored a conference,“Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World.” A highlight of the day was a panel of…

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Accessory Dwelling Units, Displacement, Gentrification, Regional Sustainability

The Blocked Market for Density and Affordable Housing

October 17, 2014

Around the globe, many cities are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. There are few places this crisis is more pronounced than San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s strict land use regulations hinder us from producing enough housing, particularly infill development, or new buildings on vacant or underutilized land in the urban core. Yet, with 200,000 units in the pipeline, the…

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Displacement, Gentrification, Regional Sustainability

Redevelopment is dead, long live revitalization!

March 8, 2011

Following Governor Brown’s recommendation, the Legislature’s joint legislative committee has voted to eliminate redevelopment in California.  Without redevelopment, planners lose a key tool to revitalize cities by targeting investment to disadvantaged neighborhoods, creating jobs and building affordable housing.  Yet, eliminating the policy also creates an opportunity for California to think much bigger about how to revitalize our cities. Redevelopment is…

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