Kirk Siegler : npr – excerpt (excerpt) includes audio track and transcript The first-ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River forces arid Western states to re-examine their relationship with resources many take for granted, drinking water and cheap hydroelectricity. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: For the first time ever, the U.S. government declared a shortage on the … More Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration
“Despite non-stop construction of rental units, between 2010 and 2015, Seattle saw the fastest rents of any place in the US.” Brought to our attention by the new San Jose grassroots neighborhood organization – familieshomessj.org
By Lisa Deaderick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt San Diego Rent Strike 2020 is one local organization advocating for the cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic While the moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic provided initial relief, the question of how to pay that back rent continues to hover. If … More Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment
By Ben Lane : housingwire – excerpt Joint venture will develop SFR properties in West and Southeast One of the largest operators of single-family rental homes is partnering with one of the nation’s largest banks to build thousands of new rental homes. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the asset management arm of JPMorgan Chase and American … More JPMorgan Chase, American Homes 4 Rent plan to build thousands of single-family rental homes
By Scott Wiener, Anthony Iron : theatlantic – excerpt Undue fears of urban density warp public policy—and make Americans more vulnerable. Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to … More A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous
By Brock Keeling : curbed – excerpt The tech titan’s move into an Art Deco monolith in Mid-Market was supposed to be a symbol of change. Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, emailed his employees Tuesday to tell them that they can work from home permanently, even after the pandemic’s shelter-in-place order ends. “If our employees are … More Now that Twitter employees can work at home forever, what’s to become of its headquarters?
By Sarah Frier : bloomberg – excerpt After major companies announce their employees won’t need to come in, many are recalculating the cost of living near the office… Both Facebook and Google have announced that most people won’t need to come in this year, and Twitter Inc. has told some workers that if they wish … More Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents
By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – examiner Project would make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area Planning officials on Thursday will weigh key approvals to upzone the area of Market and Van Ness, a plan which could make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area. The … More ‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote
abc7news – excerpt (includes video) Board president Cindy Chavez is laying the groundwork for what some are calling a visionary plan. “Let’s be as creative and innovative as we can. Let’s not let all the suffering that we’ve had for the last eight weeks go to waste,” she said. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over, … More Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic
By Sabrina Tavernise and Sarah Mervosh : nytimes – excerpt The urge among some residents to leave because of the coronavirus may be temporary. But it follows a deeper, more powerful demographic trend. Even before the coronavirus, Nina Brajovic wasn’t so sure about her life in New York. As a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, she spent … More America’s Biggest Cities Were Already Losing Their Allure. What Happens Next?