Category Archives: Housing

Local vs. State Control: Our First Housing the Bay Lead-Up Program

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What do you get when you put leading political representatives and practitioners, each with varying opinions, in a room to discuss Bay Area housing policy? A passionate and informative discussion! The Housing Crisis: Local, Regional and State Perspectives, one of several lead-up programs for the Housing the Bay Summit, was a broad-ranging discussion covering the causes and potential solutions to the Bay Area’s long-standing regional housing crisis. Eric Tao of AGI Avant opened up the breakfast panel by sharing his own experiences engaging the public process. Tao summarized his own personal … Read More

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More Homes, Same Neighborhood: Accelerating Accessory Dwelling Units

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On April 18th, ULI San Francisco and the Terner Center for Housing sponsored a ULI program to unveil and discuss a major research study on accelerating creation of Accessory Dwelling Units or “ADUs,” an increasingly popular way to create market-rate and affordable housing within existing neighborhoods. This event served as the kick-off for ULI SF’s Housing the Bay Initiative! The evening began with opening remarks from Carol Galante, the Faculty Director for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley.  Ms. Galante identified the well-known and much discussed need … Read More

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Small Homes, Big Benefit: Lessons from Three West Coast Cities

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Press Release: As housing costs keep rising and the demand for new housing continues to outpace supply, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are an innovative way to create more homes, with fewer resources. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Texas at Austin explores how three cities have helped to stimulate production of ADUs to help ease housing pressures in their high-cost regions. “How did Portland go from seeing two ADUs constructed per month in 2009 to one per day today?  What is … Read More

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November 2016: Bay Area Election Recap

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the recent national election, the Bay Area has a clear voice on housing. They want more, they want it affordable, and they want it transit friendly. Below are the outcomes of the key land use and transportation ballot initiatives. San Francisco: Measure C: allows the remaining $260 million of the SSLP bond to go towards increasing the amount of affordable housing Measure M: overturned a proposal to create a new Housing and Development Commission Measure RR: authorizes a $3.5 billion bond to upgrade BART’s system. … Read More

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In the Dugout with Jon Knorpp

Jon Knorpp, SF Giants, fireside chat, peer to peer

On August 11th, CBRE hosted the ULIsf Young Leaders Group (YLG) for an intimate round table Fireside Chat with Jon Knorpp, Managing Director of Giants Development Services. The San Francisco Giants are a professional baseball franchise based in Mission Bay, San Francisco. Although the Giants are most known for winning three championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, they have now embarked in an effort to transform Mission Bay through their in-house real estate development team with the help of Mr. Knorpp. Approximately 35 young leaders sat around the large table … Read More

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Gen Y and Housing: What They Want and Where They Want It

New ULI report shows Gen Y living frugally in more affordable locations, sharing housing with friends and family. Contrary to popular belief, most Millennials are not living the high life in the downtowns of large cities, but rather are living in less centrally located but more affordable neighborhoods, making ends meet with jobs for which many feel overqualified, and living with parents or roommates to save money, according to a new report from ULI. Still, despite their current lifestyle constraints, most are optimistic about the odds for improving their housing … Read More

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Event Recap: The Mission Tour

ULI Mission Tour

The reaction to Maximus Development’s proposal for the 16th and Mission Bart Station Plaza has received significant media attention this year. Amidst the turmoil of the development debate, a group of ULI members gathered at The Chapel on Valencia Street to hear first-hand accounts from the trenches, real estate professionals who have recently built, or are preparing to build projects in San Francisco’s Mission District. The speaker’s panel included a range of real estate stakeholders: Tim Colen, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, and Bevan Dufty, Director … Read More

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The Growing Separation of People and Jobs in Metropolitan America

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This is an excerpt from an article recently published on Urban Land Online.  Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers. An analysis of private sector employment and demographic data at the census-tract level reveals the following: Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent. Of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas, in only 29—many … Read More

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ULI and MacArthur Foundation Launch Online Housing Portal

How Housing Matters

When looking for a place to live or a site to develop, each of us intuitively knows that housing can build well-being, connections, and opportunities for people and neighborhoods. ULI’s new How Housing Matters website takes that knowledge and builds it out with clear research and compelling stories from ULI and a growing list of external partners. Produced by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, How Housing Matters is a new online resource with rigorous research, daily news, practical … Read More

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Head of Emerald Fund, Oz Erickson, Leads Panel Discussion on SF Affordability Crisis

SF Affordability Crisis

There’s widespread agreement that San Francisco has an affordability crisis. What we can’t agree on is what to do about it. On Tuesday September 16th ULI San Francisco hosted The San Francisco Affordability Crisis: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It, a panel discussion of private, public and community representatives to discuss the herculean task to make our City more affordable. A diversity of opinions were shared among panelists Peter Cohen, Co-director for the Council of Community Housing Organizations; Sarah Dennis-Phillips, Project Manager SF Office of Economic and Workforce … Read More

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