San Diegans to Ask for Growth-Control Powers

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

If local demonstrations or a lawsuit using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) don’t stop a new housing project, just vote it down. That’s the new NIMBY (“not in my backyard”) sentiment prevailing among residents of San Diego County. To back up their concerns about new housing, they’ve qualified an initiative for the 2020 ballot […]

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Suburbs (Still) Winning Housing Sweepstakes

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The new developments may look different – including having a fair share of higher-density housing – but the trend appears to show the suburbs are attracting more people than center cities. This, despite a belief among demographers that younger generations preferred more urban living. This turn of events is baffling the experts, too. According to […]

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What Recovery Looks Like – Oakland

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Skylines emerge. Neighborhoods are transformed. And, life is forever changed. Count on all that happening when new development comes to town. And, yes – rents rise, too. Sometimes rising rents will displace existing residents, sometimes they won’t. But, to be sure – as time marches on so does growth, and all that it brings to […]

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NIMBYs Invade Los Angeles

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

You know them best as NIMBYs (not in my backyard) and, if you’ve been watching development in the state you know how much clout they have over the local decisions on growth. NIMBYs aren’t alone, though. There are NIMTOOs (not in my term of office), BANANAs (build anything nowhere and nothing anywhere) and, by far, […]

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An Answer for the GOP: Jack Kemp’s Philosophy

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

About now, the California Republican Party – surely licking the deep wounds it suffered during the mid-term election of 2018 – must be asking itself “What now?” Here’s an answer: How about an injection of some Jack Kemp? Kemp, now deceased, was an 18-term Member of Congress and Bush (41) cabinet secretary – and an […]

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How Not to Subsidize New Housing in California

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It is heartwarming to hear that in Richmond, with its super-high housing costs, a teacher is starting the academic year as a first-time homebuyer – affordably living in the town where she teaches public high school. Less gratifying is that this teacher and her fiancé bought their home at the expense of, say, a cop […]

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Tackling Homelessness, Seattle Style

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

As has been reported in this space many times, the vexing problem of homelessness is a national disgrace but, so say the experts, it’s also a pretty tough problem to solve. Despite a recent survey by the Zillow Group implying there is a direct correlation between homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, most knowing […]

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Laws Skewed to Favor Tenants over Landlords

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

In California, it’s legal to be a squatter. That is, the law allows individuals to occupy a rental house or apartment without a lease or filling out a rental application or going through any sort of renter-qualification process. They can just pick a vacant residence, live there and be virtually shielded from eviction. That’s precisely […]

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Housing Crunch is Discriminatory

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

A NIMBY group may be satisfied with stopping a housing project in their neighborhood but I wonder if they realize that their efforts are discriminatory – creating displacement and relegating people of color to areas of greater poverty. According to a recently released study, that’s exactly what those efforts produce. The study, conducted by the […]

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Gubernatorial Candidates Clash Over Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

California households know it too well.  State lawmakers – at least when asked – say it is.  Academicians and pundits write about it all the time.  Now, both Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom – finalists in the race for the state’s top job, which voters will decide in November – agreed in a […]

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