Lamp avatar
Click Me Too to show your support for this idea, and we’ll keep you updated on its progress.
Erica Brown

14 neighbors want inexpensive microhousing near public transit in Oakland.

From Wikipedia:

A transit-oriented development (TOD) is a mixed-use residential and commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport, and often incorporates features to encourage transit ridership. A TOD neighborhood typically has a center with a transit station or stop (train stationmetro stationtram stop, or bus stop), surrounded by relatively high-density development with progressively lower-density development spreading outward from the center. TODs generally are located within a radius of one-quarter to one-half mile (400 to 800 m) from a transit stop, as this is considered to be an appropriate scale for pedestrians, thus solving the last mile problem.

Supporters All

Chris Palmatier
Mike Linksvayer
Shift Local
Tom K.
Eckhart Beatty
Ryan Price
Bethany Celio



How can you help?

Lamp avatar
Sign in or sign up to share ideas and take action.

"The East Bay hub is poised for an economic boom, but the city needs to overcome a deep-seated resistance to growth."


It's Time for Oakland to Start Building

The East Bay hub is poised for an economic boom, but the city needs to overcome a deep-seated resistance to growth.

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Sign in or sign up to add a reply.

At least in SF, microhousing seems to be priced around $1,500 to $1,800 / month, which isn't that great for 300-400 sq ft. Not sure if you would call that relatively inexpensive (I certainly wouldn't).

If it's market-rate housing and it's up to developers to decide the price point, it could end up being something like this:

"496-square-foot studios start at $2491 a month"

The point is, just building "micro" isn't enough to make it inexpensive. Long-term sustainably-priced housing in Oakland isn't going to be available to everyone, but perhaps we can try to set aside a portion of the land or properties near public transit to be for low or middle income residents. This could be done on city-owned land, with new construction contracted out, or the city could buy some land or properties that could be converted to micro apartments. Units could be owned by the city or bought and sold by tenants at a fixed price. I'm no expert on this stuff, but it seems like the city has to take action in some way to guarantee that the housing will be affordable for an economically diverse group of people, "the market" isn't going to do that. In whichever situation works best, the point is to eliminate the possibility of using this kind of housing as a speculative investment.

Share Link
Posted Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014

Great micro-housing case study from Portland -

"Justus is doing what many in the housing field say is impossible — building sturdy apartments for $70,000 per unit. At his new building at Southeast 151st Avenue and Burnside Street, right near a MAX stop, tenants are paying an average of $650 a month for rent. And Justus accomplished his project without public funding, though he did get a waiver on system development fees."

Posted by Dan on Feb 13, 2014
Sign in or sign up to add a reply.