Building Enough Housing: Lessons from the Bay Area and Vancouver, BC

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Building Enough Housing: Lessons from the Bay Area and Vancouver, BC

One of the surest ways not to house a city’s full community affordably (or at all!) is to chronically under-build housing. Experts from Vancouver, the East Bay, and San Francisco will share their expertise and recommendations on how to allow housing production to keep pace with the needs of a growing population -- and what the impacts can be when acute housing shortages occur.

Join us for short presentations by all panelists about some of the major lessons that these larger cities have learned, followed by a moderated Q&A and questions from the audience.

Gil Kelley, City of Vancouver, BC
Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital
Brian Hanlon, CA YIMBY and CA Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA)
Moderated by Michael Andersen, Sightline Institute

5:00pm - Doors open
5:30pm - Panel begins

About the Panelists:

Gil Kelley, FAICP, is the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver, BC. He is also the former Director of Planning for Portland (1999-2009), the former Director of Citywide Planning for the City and County of San Francisco (2014-2016) and former Director of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley, CA (’88-'98). He continues to advise cities and metropolitan governments on a variety of urban issues and strategies. In Vancouver, Gil has focussed on creating affordable housing through inclusionary zoning, density bonus-ing for affordable rental, rethinking single family neighborhoods and consolidating City assets into a $2B Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund.

Kim-Mai Cutler is a partner at Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm in San Francisco that has backed companies including Coinbase, Patreon and Instacart. She was a journalist for more than 10 years covering technology and finance. About five years ago, she started covering land-use issues when California's history of 40 years of restrictive housing practices collided with the fast-growing nature of the venture-backed technology industry. She previously worked for TechCrunch, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Kim-Mai Cutler serves on the board of SPUR, a Bay Area regional thinktank promoting good governance, housing and transportation policies and San Francisco's Local Homeless Coordinating Board, which oversees federal spending on homelessness in SF.

Brian Hanlon co-founded and leads California YIMBY, a statewide pro-housing advocacy organization whose first bill, SB 827, was hailed by pundits as possibly the “biggest environmental boon, the best job creator, and the greatest strike against inequality that anyone’s proposed in the United States in decades.” Brian also co-founded the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA), which sues cities that violate state housing law. CaRLA’s novel impact litigation strategy yielded victory against Berkeley, lead to the passage of major housing bill, generated enormous press coverage for the YIMBY movement, and put scofflaw cities on the defensive across the state. Before his career in housing, Brian spent 10 years working for the US EPA and the US Forest Service.

Michael Andersen covers housing and transportation as a senior fellow at the Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank for the Pacific Northwest. He's covered these subjects locally as a journalist and policy analyst since 2007.


The event is free and open, but please be sure to register & save your spot in case it fills up - space is limited, and if we do fill up we will be checking registration at the door.

About the series:

We know Portland is feeling growing pains and will continue to. We also know that compared to many other places, Portland still has room to consider HOW we want to evolve. We are a critical moment in our history: The decisions we make this year will impact housing availability and affordability for a generation to come. As we grow, Portland can learn many lessons from larger metro areas: from successes, from failures, from willingness to embrace political challenges creatively. Hindsight is 20/20, and our peers in bigger cities have it.

This speaker series is bringing experts in housing policy and advocacy from Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, to share their expertise and advice on how our region can better meet ALL residents' housing needs. Join AARP Oregon, Portland for Everyone/1000 Friends of Oregon, and the Sightline Institute for a dynamic conversation, looking back and looking forward.

Find all three events in the series here: http://portlandforeveryone.org/events/


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