Events

The -Plex Paradox: Writing the Code to Undo Single-Family Zoning

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Motivated by both principle and practicality, city councils across California have adopted, or are considering, policies to loosen single-family zoning and ease the way for duplexes and other small multi-unit configurations. Elected officials and stakeholders alike have promoted these policies both to increase their respective cities’ housing supply and to undo 20th century zoning policies that have served as tools of racial and economic segregation. But how?

While the principle is clear and appealing for many proponents, the upzoning of potentially millions of single-family lots poses a monumental technical challenge to California’s planners. Zoning changes must account for density, design, parking, infrastructure, fire danger, and topography — among other complicating factors. It’s a challenge that some cities are already willingly taking on and that others will have to take on if Senate Bill 9 or a successor passes. Please join us to discuss how planners in early-adopter cities are approaching this challenge and how planners and urban designers around the state can prepare for what may be one of the major planning trends of the coming years. (Hosted by by the California Planning & Development Report, the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley)


The Roots of Structural Racism: Residential Segregation in the US (Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute)

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Watch this forum with fair housing advocates and leading race and housing scholars from across the United States for the unveiling of “The Roots of Structural Racism,” a groundbreaking new project from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley which details just how widespread and harmful racial residential segregation remains today, why it matters, who it impacts, and what can be done to reverse this dangerous trend and promote integration.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Rothstein, author of the best-seller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
  • Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Demetria McCain, fair housing advocate and president of the Inclusive Communities Project
  • Margery Turner, expert on urban policy and neighborhood issues and fellow at the Urban Institute
  • Ajmel Quereshi, Senior Counsel at the Legal Defense Fund
  • john a. powell, OBI director and housing expert
  • Stephen Menendian, OBI assistant director who led the Roots of Structural Racism project
  • Samir Gambhir, director of OBI’s Equity Metrics program, and co-author of The Roots of Structural Racism project

SV@Home Presents: Opportunity Housing- Creating Neighborhoods for All

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Join SV@Home for a discussion on increasing affordable housing options by allowing duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes across San Jose.


Learn more or join the opportunity housing movement today!

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