What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening To: March 2024

A roundup of news and multimedia from the Unfamiliar Terrain team:

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Montgomery Street Could Signal a Downtown Revival (NY Times): Why a seven-block stretch of Montgomery Street, from the Transamerica Pyramid to Market Street, offers hope for recovery in the City.

Why TMG Partners Co-CEO Matt Field is still betting on San Francisco (Business Journals): Insight into Matt’s life and work, and how he’s thinking about the City’s downtown recovery.

What I Found in San Francisco (The Atlantic): Exploring the daily realities of San Francisco.

Everything Is About the Housing Market (The Atlantic): Discussing how high rents make life worse for everyone in countless ways.

California and Beyond

Billionaire-Built Cities Would Be Better Than Nothing (NY Times): Exploring why the Bay Area needs a lot more housing, and how privately built cities could help get us there.

Structured for Success: Reforming housing governance in California and the Bay Area (SPUR): Explaining how California’s current housing governance system works, detailing the challenges of the existing system, and offering recommendations to improve it so that California can produce sufficient housing.

Los Angeles’ one weird trick to build affordable housing at no public cost (CalMatters): How Los Angeles is now approving hundreds of unsubsidized, 100% affordable projects.

New York Reimagined Subsidized Housing. What Happened? (NY Times): Analyzing the impact of one South Bronx subsidized housing development a decade after it opened.

Cities Face Cutbacks as Commercial Real Estate Prices Tumble (NY Times): Lost tax revenue fuels concerns about the far-reaching economic consequences for cities.

The Surprising Left-Right Alliance That Wants More Apartments in Suburbs (NY Times): Legislators from both sides of the political divide are working to add duplexes and apartments to single-family neighborhoods.

In Tokyo, Rescuing the Residential Spaceship That Fell to Earth (NY Times): Fifty years ago, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was hailed as a marvel of organic architecture. Now its legacy lives on through 23 orphaned capsules.

How Does Paris Stay Paris? By Pouring Billions Into Public Housing (NY Times): One quarter of residents in the French capital live in government-owned housing, part of an aggressive plan to keep lower-income Parisians — and their businesses — in the city.