National Links: Joining the Zoning Club

Every day at The Overhead Wire, we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. They are national links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.

Sacramento gets rid of single family zoning: Sacramento City Council unanimously supported a move to get rid of single family zoning in the city, a move that follows similar changes in Oregon and Minneapolis. The new rule would allow four units on each parcel of land though design guidelines will be included. (Theresa Clift | Sacramento Bee)

AirBnB CEO says travel is changed forever: AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky believes that travel won’t be the same again after the pandemic ends. Some of the ways things might change he believes include more travel for leisure and less for business, people will visit smaller cities on road trips to less touristy areas, and perhaps visit more family and connect with friends. (Danielle Abril | Fortune)

Dallas releases first draft of mobility plan: The City of Dallas unveiled its first ever mobility plan Connect Dallas in a committee meeting this last week. The plan looks to elevate the importance of pedestrian safety and connect mobility to economic development, the environment, and well being. The plan also recognizes that the city has gotten dependent on the automobile and needs to focus resources on active transportation. (Matt Goodman | D Magazine)

How Biden’s climate plans can be informed by cities and states: USA Today shares a series of pieces exploring how climate policies across the country could be models for the incoming Biden administration. Transportation in California, farming in Indiana, and sea level rise on the coast are three of ten articles covering the topic. (Dinah Voyles Pulver | USA Today)

Could empty shopping centers and corridors solve housing?: California is facing an estimated housing shortage of 1.3 million units. The problem is difficult because of local opposition to land use changes but three state housing bills might offer a few solutions including the ability to transform commercial properties into housing. One bill would make it easy to build housing on land zoned commercial and another would allow workforce housing on the land left by big box stores. (Patrick Sisson | Bloomberg CityLab)

Quote of the Week

“When did we ever think we would be able to do something so fast at such a low cost at such an opportune time? I was amazed. By Oct. 11, the site work had begun.”

L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis discussing how LA was able to build homeless housing so quick for just $200K per unit.

This week on the podcast, Peter Calthorpe discusses his ideas for how arterials are the perfect location for housing.

Jeff Wood

About Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood is an urban planner focused on transportation and land use issues living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff blogs at The Overhead Wire and tweets @theoverheadwire. He also shares news links daily from around the country on issues related to cities at The Direct Transfer