Transportation’s Linkages to the Affordable Housing Problem

October 15, 2021 @ 1:40 pm – 2:40 pm

This seminar will examine the interrelationships between transportation and affordable housing in the United States, with a special focus on California. Housing costs are burdensome for over half of the renters in the US and a quarter of its homeowners. The problems are especially acute in California and in the Northeast (Boston to Washington), and they fall most heavily on lower income groups. Along with cost burdens come problems of overcrowding and substandard housing quality. Factors affecting housing affordability range from the housing products being sought and produced in private markets to government policies and regulations that have under-invested in publicly assisted housing and restricted the types and densities of housing that can be built. Transportation has long been used as a tool to open up new areas for housing development, but as the full costs of mobility have been more fully recognized, strategies that emphasize accessibility have increasingly been promoted. The seminar will discuss both causes and potential cures for this pressing public policy problem.

With: Elizabeth Deakin, Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley

Hosted by The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis)

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