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Policy analyst & data lord @cayimby. De-policing traffic enforcement @walkbikeberkeley; more low carbon housing @eb4everyone; saving public transit
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Oct 24 4 tweets 1 min read
Conflicted over Prop 27. Leaning yes. Again, no moral qualms about gambling and every arg against regarding gambling addiction can also apply to microtransactions and advertisements in general. But addictions are still bad so... Yeah actually my main issue is that it reduces the monopoly tribes have on gambling. Which could be bad for them. Does gambling need to be made easier? Ehhhhh
Oct 23 5 tweets 1 min read
I too have noticed the really silly attempts to weaponize race on housing twitter but its really the byproduct of overly educated nonprofit people who talk & live in an insular bubble in which people of color are tokenized and Pokemon'd pretty commonly. And it's never ever supported by any actual data, just anecdotes. 100% if polls consistently showed that Black and Brown voters/residents opposed more housing supply than support them then anti-yimbys would be whipping them out regularly -- but they dont.
Oct 22 7 tweets 3 min read
There's a fundamental problem with this study: It doesn't control for the corresponding downzoning of NYC when comparing upzoning at the same time and it doesn't control for the migration of non-whites when looking at white migration.
brookings.edu/blog/how-we-ri… Despite the study's editorializing that NYC massively upzoned under Bloomberg, in reality the net zoning amounted to an estimated +1.7% in increased housing capacity. Which flies in the face of the study's premise that NYC underwent mass upzoning. It didnt, it was spot-upzoning. Image
Sep 29 4 tweets 1 min read
you can say land taxes are regressive because low income homeowners exist but that argument is identical to real estate's that 72% of landlords are just individuals with ordinary income. Its also a big deviation away from how the left has engaged with private property in the past For example, St. Paul's rent control disproportionately took value away from small, individual landlords. So...what? Any regulation on land that obstructs or captures surplus land value, like rent control, is a kind of property tax.
Sep 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Gov. Newsom signs California's biggest zoning reform into law. Multifamily homes 3-6 stories is now legal on every zoned commercial lot adjacent to a wide street and low income homes legal on every zoned commercial and parking lot -- bypassing council approval & immune to CEQA The biggest housing reform representing an incredible alliance between organized labor, yimbys and housing organizations is now the law of the land throughout California.
Sep 28 4 tweets 2 min read
Illiterate man makes historically illiterate statement that Hitler won because of drag queens which implicitly argues Jews were a moral degeneracy (which is actually what these far-right posters thinks aka "Cultural Marxism") and the best defense hes got is "uhhhh you're a pedo!" Like the modern American Fascist movement, the Nazis also played heavily into calling everyone they didn't like, especially Jews, groomers and pedophiles when half their high command were molesting kids. Same old game. Same anti-intellectualism.
Sep 27 4 tweets 1 min read
Using GDP doesn't tell the full story. Income inequality aside, Americans have higher rates of homeownership and larger takehome $ than Europeans because Euros rent and get taxed for healthcare. It doesn't mean U.S. Quality if Life is better Americans own more cars than Europeans but that's because Americans have to and Europeans don't. The $ spent building better public transit isn't reflected w/ Europeans like the purchasing power of Americans who appear stronger when they take out a 7-year loan for an auto.
Sep 26 5 tweets 2 min read
I can't trace exactly where the SRO subtweeting is coming from but the Census is pretty clear that the decline of SROs in the 1970s led to mass increase in street homelessness in the 1980s. For example, Berkeley lost about ~1,400 between 1970 and 1990, which I learned during some research, and pretty clearly it correlated with the increase in homelessness that was pretty small by 1970 but by 1990 had reached 800 and by 2000 reached 1,000 -- or what it is today. Image
Sep 6 4 tweets 1 min read
Never have i ever seen a greater chasm of difference in the way poverty tourists & the Masters in social studies crowd talks about sideshows and street racing and the way community meetings in low income areas talk about them. Sorry but I'm not wasting words writing about this. There's no IRL constituency for excusing reckless youth driving. Leading progressive candidates for Mayor in Oakland for example are calling for stronger traffic enforcement to win Black and Latino voters who all hate it.
Aug 29 6 tweets 2 min read
In an unprecedented coalition of unions and YIMBYs, California Legislature has passes Ab 2011:
- upzones for 2.4 million more homes
- Mixed income hsg and Low Income from 3-6 stories (density bonus allowed!) on commericial and retail lots
- 45% reduction in GHG over sprawl This was made possible by the usual housers like YIMBYs, Affordable Housing nonprofits, but also the incredible work of the Carpenters Union, SEIU, school dist. workers and more. Showing a clear path to victory from here on out.
Aug 29 7 tweets 2 min read
Here we go: SB 6 (the bill that is to pass in conjuction with AB 2011 as part of the grand Pro Housing and Union agreement) is up in the Assembly! If it passes that means AB 2011 in the Senate! SB 6 will allow builders to build in commericial zones but they must follow city permitting rules and use union labor. 0% required lZ. This is the Trades preferred bill.
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AB 2011 streamlined in comm. zones with 15% IZ and union wages. YIMBY & Carpenters Bill.
Aug 4 6 tweets 3 min read
I geocoded AC Transit's avg weekday ridership for Spring '22 by each line and each stop. I'll upload weekend data and then 2019 data for comparison later.
- Select a @rideact line
- Hover mouse over a bus stop
- Shows Average Daily Boardings and Departing
darrellowensrcd.github.io/infoTransit/AC… Image Ridership data this low level is not available in ACT's database so I acquired this data via a public records request and then converted it into GeoJson.

Every ACT bus has a scanner at the doors to count how many people enter and leave a vehicle and at which stops
Aug 2 7 tweets 2 min read
The last time the national vacancy rate for rental housing was 5.6% was 38 years ago. Image Between 2020 and 2022 the West Coast's rental vacancy rate has been between 3.8 - 4.3%. The last time the West had a vacancy rate for rentals this low was. . .never. This is the smallest amount of available western rental housing in the 66 years the US Census has been surveying. Image
Aug 1 5 tweets 1 min read
A grocery store is moving to your neighborhood. Which one do you hope it is? (I suspect this will say a lot about the demographics of the tweet viewers)
Jul 25 10 tweets 3 min read
The question of whether building more market housing reduces rents and displacement at the city-regional level is basically settled among researchers. It's not just UCLA Roundup, @UCBDisplacement aggregated the lit and concludes the same. Anyone disputing this is in denial.
1/ What has not been settled is the hyper local effects: the direct impact of market-rate and subsidized housing on neighborhood blocks especially for low income households. We had three recent studies try to tackle this.
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Jul 22 4 tweets 1 min read
I can't believe people in Del Norte County are so dumb they call it Del Nort with a silent e. I thought it was a joke at first when I learned this. In Berkeley, the street named explicitly after the county is pronounced Del Norte like normal Spanish
Jul 17 6 tweets 3 min read
I made Census maps with @berkeleyside's data analysts on the racial and housing changes in Berkeley in the last 10 years. Unlike my other map featured, this version includes precision down to the block level. Some big analysis in here.

berkeleyside.org/2022/07/17/ber… The population on one block in Southside grew faster than the entire Berkeley Hills combined. Image
Jul 14 5 tweets 1 min read
The issue with Democrats is that they’re synonymous with only social issues and no economic programs when liberal leaders in the past were primarily economic but also social. Thus Dems continue to decline with everyone who isnt a 4 year college grad or a rich coastal boomer. The Democrat leadership dunked on Bernie for this a lot saying he talked too much about jobs, unions and healthcare but it was ultimately the right decision because effective discrmination materializes not through slurs on the street but systems like employment and wealth.
Jul 13 23 tweets 11 min read
I've read several chapters of the new book "Homelessness is a Housing Problem" that explores new data research on homelessness. The point of this book is primary to refute notions that homelessness is the fault of addiction, illness or laziness, but presents structural causes.
1/ The research comprises of regression analysis using per-capita homelessness (PIT) between thirty U.S. cities and their counties from 2007 to 2017 with incomes & rents (both median and percentile breakdowns), housing metrics and health.
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Jul 11 8 tweets 2 min read
HCD has released their long awaited "Areas of Racially-Concentrated Affluence" map. I didn't realize that "Racially-Concentrated" meant just White so wide swaths of Silicon Valley don't count but it's a good illustration of affluent enclaves which are white. Image In San Francisco it's Pacific Heights, the Western Addition except the urban renewal projects along Geary, Portero, Mt Davidison, the Castro, Noe Valley, and bits of Ingleside Terrace and St Francis Wood where there aren't as many wealthy Asians over wealth Whites. Image
Jun 29 4 tweets 1 min read
20 transit labor unions (ATU (AC Transit, VTA, BART), TWU (Muni)) wrote to the DOT asking for federal protection as workers report increases of assaults against transit workers. NYC union reports 1 worker assualted a week; 75% of ATU worried about assualts
theguardian.com/us-news/2022/j… When we worked in 2018 to stop BART police hiring we had to contend with the reality that the transit union membership felt genuinely unsafe and the compromise with the new unarmed ambassador program was that it was a division of the PD partially for that reason.