HCD Web News – December 23, 2019

HCD Web News – December 23, 2019


Sun Gazette: Affordable housing projects may have to cut parks

By Reggie Ellis [12-18-19] // Smee Homes says it cannot afford to add a park to a 400-home subdivision in Goshen and Tulare County says it can’t afford the cost to maintain it.

WBUR: Durham Councilwoman Builds Affordable Housing Duplex on Her Own Property

By Peter O’Dowd [12-20-19] // In Durham, North Carolina, one public official is taking the city’s affordable housing crisis head-on by developing a duplex in her own backyard.


The Sun: Long-awaited Fancher Creek’s first step? Housing.

By George Hostetter [12-17-19] // Fresno city leaders have high hopes for Fancher Creek, mixed-use master-planned project with the latest in quality-of-life amenities.

Chico Enterprise-Record: Butte County to start developing blueprint for Magalia, upper ridge

By Camille von Kaenel [12-20-19] // Butte County will start gathering input from the community of Magalia and the upper ridge to write a formal blueprint for development in the unincorporated area after the North Valley Community Foundation approved a $250,000 grant for the plan this week.


JDSUPRA: SB 330 seeks to speed up housing production

By Caroline Guibert Chase [12-18-19] // A summary of the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 330, Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley).

Curbed: 6 clever urban design ideas that all cities should steal

By Patrick Sisson [12-17-19] // These small, smart innovations, including “busways” and affordable, sustainable housing, are worth building on in 2020.


Mercury News: Four Bay Area cities ranked as the coldest real estate markets in the U.S.

By Karen D’Souza [12-20-19] // A new RealtyHop study analyzed over 300,00 real estate listings to identify the health of 100 of the largest housing markets in the U.S. San Francisco was ranked #97, Oakland #95, Fremont #88, and San Jose #84. Cooling markets may be correcting after years of expanding prices.

Curbed: The marvelous history of Mrs. Maisel’s apartment

By Robert Khederlan [12-13-19] // A closer and historical look at the layout and true cost of that glorious pad on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Original floorplans included.


Curbed San Francisco: SF had a renaissance in homeless aid this decade-and it barely mattered

By Adam Brinklow [12-19-19] // At no point was a solution ever on the horizon, though SF tried seemingly everything to get there.


GlobeSt.: Orange County leads wage growth in Southern California

By Kelsi Maree Borland [12-20-19] // Orange County leads the Southern California region in wage growth, according to a new report from JLL. Orange County has a medium income of $88,453 and a 2.5% unemployment rate.


San Francisco Chronicle: Nearly half of BART fare citations go to black riders, but police say system prevents profiling

By Rachel Swan [12-19-19] // BART’s high-profile quest to cut down on its fare-evasion epidemic has produced dramatic racial disparities, newly resleased records show.

Curbed: SF City Hall can’t stop shooting down transit-housing bill

By Adam Brinklow [12-20-19] // “The Board has now voted to oppose [SB 50] not once, not twice, but three times,” tweeted State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) following San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ vote. “We get it. You don’t like it.”

The Sun: California vs. Trump hits boiling point over water, high-speed rail

By Alex Tavlian [12-19-19] // Last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved soliciting bids for a 30-year contract to build and maintain the track and operating system for the pared-down high-speed rail system now slated to run from Merced to Bakersfield. Meanwhile, the Federal Railroad Administration – which has already cancelled portions of grant funding authorized in 2010 – sent a letter opposing the bid request announcement.


ABC News: ‘Truly a remarkable transformation’: 115 units in 70-year-old Stockton apartment complex fully renovated, more underway

By Kurt Rivera [12-18-19] // There are 400 original units here at Sierra Vista, and officials said the hope is to demolish the nearly 200 old units still standing and replace them, too.


ProPublica: “They Painted Over Problems”: How Residents of One Affordable Housing Complex Went From Hope to Despair

By Molly Parker [12-18-19] // Twenty years after a private developer took over an affordable housing complex, the property has deteriorated once again and is in need of a multimillion-dollar renovation. A multilayered and confusing financial situation has left some tenants distressed.

Curbed: 8 issues that will define cities in the 2020s

By Patrick Sisson [12-19-19] // Cars, climate change, and cameras are just some of the tough issues city leaders need to grapple with in the coming decade.


KTLA: California’s Population Stalls at 39 Million as State’s Growth Rate Slows

[12-20-19] // Adding births and subtracting deaths, California added more than 180,000 people for the 12 months ending July 1. But more people left the state, resulting in a net migration loss of 39,500 people.


The Guardian: Depression and suicide linked to air pollution in new global study

By Damian Carrington [12-18-19] // The researchers said the new evidence further strengthened calls to tackle what the World Health Organization calls the “silent public health emergency” of dirty air.

Science Daily: Mealworms safely consume toxic additive-containing plastic

By Stanford University [12-19-19] // Mealworms are not only able to eat various forms of plastic, as previous research has shown, they can consume potentially toxic plastic additives in Styrofoam with no ill effects, a new study shows. The worms can then be used as a safe, protein-rich feed supplement.


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