The HomeWork: February 2, 2023

The HomeWork: February 2, 2023

Welcome to the February 2, 2023 Main edition of The Homework, the official newsletter of California YIMBY — legislative updates, news clips, housing research and analysis, and the latest writings from the California YIMBY team. From now until the deadline on...
(Re)-legalize corner stores? Ja, natürlich

(Re)-legalize corner stores? Ja, natürlich

American zoning is predicated on the idea that residential, commercial, and industrial uses should all be strictly segregated—indeed, to an unusual degree by international standards.  Research by Hirt (2010) compares American zoning to German zoning to reveal how much...
The Single Stairway to Heaven

The Single Stairway to Heaven

While the broader housing shortage is driving up housing costs for a huge share of the population, many cities face an acute shortage of family-sized units in particular. In a new blog post, Andrew Justus of the Niskanen Center argues that out-of-date building code...
The HomeWork: February 2, 2023

The HomeWork: January 19, 2023

Welcome to the January 19, 2023 Main edition of The Homework, the official newsletter of California YIMBY — legislative updates, news clips, housing research and analysis, and the latest writings from the California YIMBY team. On January 4th, the Legislature...
It Actually Takes More than an (Urban) Village

It Actually Takes More than an (Urban) Village

To stimulate housing production, many California cities have experimented with loosening their restrictive land-use regulations. Yet not all of these reforms have been equally successful in producing housing. Indeed, Gabbe et al. (2021) find evidence that San Jose’s...
Location: Still the Critical Factor in Affordable Housing

Location: Still the Critical Factor in Affordable Housing

It’s not enough to merely build subsidized affordable housing — housing location matters at least as much as availability; in addition to secure, affordable shelter, humans need access to quality transit, walkable neighborhoods, minimal exposure to health and...