College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

City and Regional Planning Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in City and Regional Planning



Primary Advisor

Dave Amos, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department


Affordable housing has become increasingly inaccessible across the United States, particularly in California. Because of its long history and far-reaching span, California’s housing crisis is a complexity that affects individuals at most income levels. Accordingly, opinions on solving the crisis vary among each public.

A popular solution is increasing the amount and scale of housing, however, barriers, such as single-family zoning, exist at the state and local level. While statewide legislation is working to counteract municipal zoning codes, local opposition is rampant. Because of this pushback, and the slow pace at which housing reliant on individual action is built, today’s housing shortage will not be solved by statewide legislation alone. Additionally, many are suspicious that the legislative push for housing is fueled by economic incentive rather than inclusivity. This includes low to very low-income individuals not convinced by pro-housing’s “trickle down” economics.

Outside of the quantitative shortage the housing crisis qualitatively involves accessibility and communication. The podcast The Tragedy of the Commons explores California’s housing crisis and its potential solutions. The podcast is formatted to be accessible to those not yet familiar with urban planning jargon and will include a transcript.