The lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area is a constant strain on its residents and puts its businesses at a significant competitive disadvantage compared to peer regions. Much of the expense of housing is due to historical underbuilding of more than one million housing units across a generation. But solutions to the Bay Area’s housing crisis must be multipronged and must engage the diverse constituencies and agencies that influence how our cities grow in intelligent and environmentally sustainable ways.



The Impacts of a Reduced Bay Area Water Supply

The State Water Resources Control Board is responsible for setting flow objectives on rivers flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect beneficial uses of water. The Board is considering new regulations aimed at improving fisheries on the San Joaquin River. This analysis of the Draft Substitute Environmental Document of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update examines the potential impacts.

Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

Housing affordability in San Francisco has reached a crisis point. With rents and home prices spiraling upward since the Great Recession, there has been no shortage of policy proposals envisioned to alleviate the city’s affordability problem. This analysis is the first to evaluate these proposals alongside each other using a consistent and comprehensive method to gauge their impact on affordability for individuals and families.

Another Inconvenient Truth

It has now been about a decade since California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006 and followed it with the supporting Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act in 2008. These landmark pieces of legislation, AB 32 and SB 375, set goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases statewide and for improving the ways in which we plan our communities. Yet California is falling short of its climate goals...

The Northern California Megaregion

As the population of Northern California continues to grow, challenges in housing, land use, jobs, transportation, and the environment have crossed regional boundaries and are linking cities, counties, and regions together across wider geographies. These issues make planning at a megaregional scale increasingly necessary to achieve a broader footprint of economic prosperity and for California to reach its carbon reduction goals.

Oakland Housing Crisis is a Deep Hole, So it Must Start Digging

(This piece by Dr. Micah Weinberg originally appeared on March 23, 2016 in the Oakland Tribune.) The communities of Oakland must start fighting alongside each other rather than against each other to address the housing …


To Prevent Displacement, Build Places

There are a lot of arguments about displacement in the Bay Area and whether the best strategy is to build more housing or to attempt to control what type of housing is built (e.g. affordable …


Micah Weinberg on Inside Silicon Valley with Russell Hancock

On Monday January 18, 2016, Institute President Micah Weinberg appeared as a guest speaker on Inside Silicon Valley, a radio program presented by Joint Venture Silicon Valley hosted by Russell Hancock. During the program — which …