The pandemic accelerated the “retail apocalypse,” rendering storefronts and mall spaces vacant. And that raises the question of what will happen to all that excess retail space.
Many of the state’s housing advocates are overjoyed at the imminent adoption of Senate Bills 9 and 10, which passed both houses of the legislature in the past week and now await the signature of an apparently willing Gov. Newsom
ABAG has received 28 appeals from 24 cities and three counties
California always offers ripe inspiration for scholarly and popular books alike. The past year or so has produced a particularly impressive crop, both in number and quality.
Josh spoke with Sacramento’s CapRadio about the nearly 30 cities nationwide that are currently discussing some form of highway removal and restoration; we learn more about how racism has shaped interstate highways.
An unlikely strip of urbanism in an unlikely place, The BLVD is a model more urban cities in California could learn from.
In this bonus episode of the VOSD podcast, Andrew Keatts interviews journalist Josh Stephens about his book “The Urban Mystique” and some of the most pressing California housing issues.
CP&DR to discuss exactly what combination of art and science will be required for cities to undo single-family zoning
Amid pressure from community groups, Inland Empire cities reconsider benefits of big warehouses.
Cities across California are eliminating parking minimums in order to reduce automobile dependency and promote better urban design. The state legislature is getting in on the act too.
Review of Fulfillment, by Alec MacGinnis
The great irony of the philanthropist’s life was that he made his billions on sprawl — and then poured it into making Los Angeles a more urban city.
According to the Surplus Land Act (SLA), a relatively new state law whose implementing guidelines went into effect in January, all of these properties must be made available to affordable housing developers first. While state officials defend the guidelines, the landowning agencies say the law will undermine their vision for the property – and maybe even hinder their ability to build the affordable housing that the law seeks to create.
Over the past few years, concerns about “Wall Street ownership” of houses in California has grown increasingly serious, with the The Blackstone Group being the poster child for a handful of finance companies that buy up single-family homes, often in disadvantaged areas, only to kick out tenants and increase rents.
In March, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released the draft of its fourth iteration of CalEnviroScreen (CES). First released in 2013, CES is a database of environmental hazards that forms the basis of myriad state and local efforts to limit human exposure and strive for environmental justice.
A review of the provocative new book by Davarian L. Baldwin, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower