National Politics

Pushing For A Fare-r Deal For Riders

Posted October 15, 2019 by

This piece first appeared in Streetsblog USA Transit can raise ridership and improve service while avoiding regressive fare hikes, experts say. Transit agencies can reverse the trend of falling ridership and maintain or even boost revenue — if they eschew
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Are “Progressive” Homeowners Really Progressive?

Posted October 1, 2019 by

Seattle Election Tests Homeowner Priorities Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have all called for an end to exclusionary single-family home zoning.  People’s Action did the same in its “A National Homes Guarantee.” Momentum is building to end these
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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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