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To Make California Dream a Reality for All, Remove Homebuilding Roadblocks

California’s median home price set a new record of $849,080 in March, according to the latest figures from the California Association of Realtors.  In 35 of California’s 58 counties, 50 percent or more of the homes sold above the asking price in March.  Given these continued troubling statistics, encouraging desperately …

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Where is California Still Growing?

Much has been made of the decline of California over the last year, and not without reason—the Golden State lost 173,000 residents last year. Worse yet, that’s probably an improvement: by one estimate, 650,000 people left California in 2020. Indeed, as a result of population stagnation over the 2010s, we …

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Steven Greenhut – PRI Free Cities Project

In this podcast, our guest is Steve Greenhut, director of PRI’s new Free Cities Project. The Free Cities Project will regularly release incisive research and analysis on crime, housing, education, homelessness, social mobility and other urban issues through commentaries, briefs, videos, and webinars. Through the project, PRI aims to foster serious thinking and incubate good ideas that will improve America’s cities.

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Thousands of Californians Live Out of Their Cars. Now What?

In the alley behind my apartment, there’s a man who lives out of an old Honda Accord. Each morning, he departs for work in what appears to be a fast-food uniform. In the evenings, he reclines and watches television on his phone. It isn’t glamorous, but in a West Los …

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Wayne Winegarden Discusses Inflation and the Housing Market with The Ledger

PRI Business and Economics Fellow, Wayne Winegarden, discusses inflation and its effect on the housing market with The Ledger’s reporter, Paul Nutcher in “Polk County housing prices increase 30% as mortgage rates increase.” “You would finally have recovered some kind of affordability from the housing bubble, where you had the …

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Permanent Solutions or Band-Aids: Solving the Decades-Old California Homelessness Crisis

California’s budget last year contained $12 billion, a record number, to address homelessness. Yet, California has the largest homeless population in the nation with, as of January 2020, around 161,500 individuals. California is one of the few states that experienced one of the largest homelessness increases between 2019-2020 with a …

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Earth Day: How To Avoid Discussion Of Real California Issues

Conspicuously missing from the Los Angeles mayor’s race, the Los Angeles Times “reported” last month, was an adequate focus on climate change. No surprise that the Times’ ​​culture columnist and critic followed up by writing that “the only thing we should be talking about is the climate crisis.” Rather than …

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Chris Carr Highlighted For His New Study “The CEQA Gauntlet” and Quoted in Bloomberg

Chris Carr’s new study “The CEQA Gauntlet” was featured and quoted in the Bloomberg piece “Berkeley Housing Battle Revives Debate Over Environmental Law”. Carr discusses the problems CEQA poses today with Bloomberg. “You can be sure the authors of CEQA didn’t think about the Boschian hellscape we have today,” said …

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Trying to cancel “Flip or Flop” won’t improve home affordability

One of the most popular home renovation shows has been “Flip Or Flop,” starring an Orange County couple that buys ratty houses, renovates them, then sells – usually but not always – at a profit. The pair, who eventually split, developed a loyal following of viewers. But in the eyes …

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Can California Tackle Zoning Run Amok in 2022?

The numbers are in on the cost of living in California, and it ain’t pretty: According to an analysis by the real estate listing service Zillow, as reported in the New York Times, home prices went up by a startling 12.3 percent between November 2020 and 2021. In suburban areas …

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To Make California Dream a Reality for All, Remove Homebuilding Roadblocks

California’s median home price set a new record of $849,080 in March, according to the latest figures from the California Association of Realtors.  In 35 of California’s 58 counties, 50 percent or more of the homes sold above the asking price in March.  Given these continued troubling statistics, encouraging desperately …

Blog

Where is California Still Growing?

Much has been made of the decline of California over the last year, and not without reason—the Golden State lost 173,000 residents last year. Worse yet, that’s probably an improvement: by one estimate, 650,000 people left California in 2020. Indeed, as a result of population stagnation over the 2010s, we …

California

Steven Greenhut – PRI Free Cities Project

In this podcast, our guest is Steve Greenhut, director of PRI’s new Free Cities Project. The Free Cities Project will regularly release incisive research and analysis on crime, housing, education, homelessness, social mobility and other urban issues through commentaries, briefs, videos, and webinars. Through the project, PRI aims to foster serious thinking and incubate good ideas that will improve America’s cities.

Blog

Thousands of Californians Live Out of Their Cars. Now What?

In the alley behind my apartment, there’s a man who lives out of an old Honda Accord. Each morning, he departs for work in what appears to be a fast-food uniform. In the evenings, he reclines and watches television on his phone. It isn’t glamorous, but in a West Los …

Housing

Wayne Winegarden Discusses Inflation and the Housing Market with The Ledger

PRI Business and Economics Fellow, Wayne Winegarden, discusses inflation and its effect on the housing market with The Ledger’s reporter, Paul Nutcher in “Polk County housing prices increase 30% as mortgage rates increase.” “You would finally have recovered some kind of affordability from the housing bubble, where you had the …

Blog

Permanent Solutions or Band-Aids: Solving the Decades-Old California Homelessness Crisis

California’s budget last year contained $12 billion, a record number, to address homelessness. Yet, California has the largest homeless population in the nation with, as of January 2020, around 161,500 individuals. California is one of the few states that experienced one of the largest homelessness increases between 2019-2020 with a …

Blog

Earth Day: How To Avoid Discussion Of Real California Issues

Conspicuously missing from the Los Angeles mayor’s race, the Los Angeles Times “reported” last month, was an adequate focus on climate change. No surprise that the Times’ ​​culture columnist and critic followed up by writing that “the only thing we should be talking about is the climate crisis.” Rather than …

CEQA

Chris Carr Highlighted For His New Study “The CEQA Gauntlet” and Quoted in Bloomberg

Chris Carr’s new study “The CEQA Gauntlet” was featured and quoted in the Bloomberg piece “Berkeley Housing Battle Revives Debate Over Environmental Law”. Carr discusses the problems CEQA poses today with Bloomberg. “You can be sure the authors of CEQA didn’t think about the Boschian hellscape we have today,” said …

California

Trying to cancel “Flip or Flop” won’t improve home affordability

One of the most popular home renovation shows has been “Flip Or Flop,” starring an Orange County couple that buys ratty houses, renovates them, then sells – usually but not always – at a profit. The pair, who eventually split, developed a loyal following of viewers. But in the eyes …

Blog

Can California Tackle Zoning Run Amok in 2022?

The numbers are in on the cost of living in California, and it ain’t pretty: According to an analysis by the real estate listing service Zillow, as reported in the New York Times, home prices went up by a startling 12.3 percent between November 2020 and 2021. In suburban areas …

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