One year later, Amazon’s HQ2 drives massive housing shortage in Virginia

inman – excerpt Since the retail giant announced plans to build an HQ2 office in Arlington County, Virginia, home prices have grown 32.9 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, active listings are down 49 percent. Last fall, Amazon changed Virginia forever when it announced its decision to locate a much-hyped HQ2 office facility in the state’s Arlington County. … More One year later, Amazon’s HQ2 drives massive housing shortage in Virginia

National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt The New Normal. Who needs trees when you can have cranes and 100’s of thousands of new neighbors? New Urbanism is like a virus. For 50 years it keeps coming back in mutated forms. It needs a cure. First, the only … More National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

By Kathleen Ronayne : nbclosangeles – excerpt A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he explained why he doesn’t want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. “There’s something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and … More Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

By Alix Martichoux : sfgate – excerpt Dreaming of greener (read: cheaper) pastures? You’re not alone. According to a new survey by Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering moving out of state due to the high cost of living. Millennials are even more likely to flee the Golden State — 63 percent of them … More 53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

By Esmé E. Deprez : bloomberg – excerpt Third-party ownership and decades-long contracts can create real headaches. On a rare rainy day early last year, my husband, Alex, and I toured what, with any luck, would become the most exciting and daunting purchase of our lives: a cream-colored bungalow-style fixer-upper, built in 1924, a few … More What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same

By Justin Fox : bloomberg – excerpt Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires. These buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re usually full of rental apartments, but they can … More Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same

Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom Wants?

By Joe Garofoli on Political Punch: sfchronicle – (includes podcast) San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting has a powerful seat as the head of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. Ting will be extra busy when budget hearings start in a few weeks especially with Gov. Gavin Newsom proposing all sorts of new programs, from offering a second … More Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom Wants?