Interest area: Land Use
The Bay Area is one of the most expensive and challenging housing markets in the country. On average, local households spend 48% of their income on housing, compared to 29% for the country as a whole, and just 12% can afford the median priced home. A quarter of Bay Area renters meet HUD’s definition of severely housing burdened, dedicating more than 50 percent of their income to housing. Anticipated growth will place even more pressure on the region’s housing market. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) projects an additional 1.9 million people and 1.6 million jobs by 2035. Meanwhile, new funding for transit approved by Bay Area voters will add 100 new stations, many in already built-up areas, to the region’s existing 300 rapid transit stations and transit corridors. Although the planned new transit facilities will help to accommodate much of the population growth, they also present a challenge. Researchers generally agree that new transit investment will bring higher property values to the surrounding area (except in the immediate vicinity of the transit station). This could spur a process of gentrification, which will be beneficial to some – but not to those who cannot bear rent increases and are forced to leave the neighborhood. This report was prepared for ABAG as part of its Development without Displacement project funded by an environmental justice grant from CalTrans.
What: A public meeting to learn about and comment on options for setting a "target" or goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Who: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are hosting the workshop in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Donald Shoup, UCLA Department of Urban Planning Professor and author of The High Cost of Free Parking, will speak February 24 about the critical reasons cities need to change their parking policies.
In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup argues that parking policies distort transportation choices, debase urban design, damage the economy, and degrade the environment. He also proposes reforms designed to undo the damage caused by a century of bad planning for parking. Some cities have already begun to adopt these reforms.