National Politics

Sanders’ Housing Plan Challenges Progressives

Posted September 24, 2019 by

Sanders’ Attacks Exclusionary Single-Family Zoning Bernie Sanders’ new housing plan has been described as providing “The New Benchmark for Progressives on Housing.” It is a bold call for national rent control and just cause eviction laws, over a trillion dollars
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The Spectacular Benefits of Tactical Urbanism

Posted September 17, 2019 by

(This piece first appeared in Streetsblog USA) A new study published by the National Academies of Science underscores the incredible power of low-cost, quick-build transit projects — what boosters call “tactical urbanism.” A review of 20 bus- and streetcar-related “tactical
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Seniors Embrace Affordable Housing Campaigns

Posted August 27, 2019 by

Enlisting Seniors in the Pro-Housing Movement I spoke about my book Generation Priced Out to the all-senior Rossmoor Democratic Club last week. It has over 1000 members, which I’m told makes it the nation’s largest. The Club recently featured a
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Texas-Sized Opportunities, Part 2

Posted August 27, 2019 by

(Part 1 of this Latino Decisions article covered Texas House races) As the focus on Texas as a battleground state intensifies, the question increasingly on the minds of Lone Star State voters is this: Which John Cornyn will they see
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Homeowners: The True Gentle Gentrifiers

Posted August 20, 2019 by

Media Ignores Driving Force Behind Rising Housing Costs Homeowners opposing new multi-unit housing drive urban gentrification. As I detail in Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, from San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Alamo
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Cities Must End Off-Year Council Elections

Posted August 6, 2019 by

How Blue Cities Undermine Democracy Today is Election Day in Seattle. Wait, you’re wondering why a progressive city elects Council members during summer vacation? A time when students are gone? A time that disproportionately empowers older white homeowners with a
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