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

Key Findings: • Large water supply shortfalls during dry years • Severe dry-year water rationing in the RWS service area • Building moratoria in affected cities • Higher Bay Area housing costs • Increased price …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …