Building affordable housing near high-quality transit is necessary for addressing both our housing and climate crises. Yet the co-dependency of our housing and transportation systems is not reflected in the way we make policy in these two areas, which are often in conflict with each other. Meanwhile, the high costs of car-centric transportation, including the carbon emissions and air pollution choking our cities, continue to climb.
Not everyone can afford a car, or is even capable of driving. When we talk about building communities that are “affordable and accessible to everyone,” that has to include affordable transit options that are accessible to those who can’t drive. Not only are transit and affordable housing fully complementary, but when we build affordable housing near transit, we help correct the deep environmental injustices we impose on low-income communities and people of color — who suffer from the worst air pollution in our state.
This panel of seasoned transportation professionals and policymakers will dig into the history of the relationship between our transportation systems and affordable housing, and how reforms in both areas can complement each other to solve both the housing crisis, and the climate and air pollution crises.
– Darnell Grisby, Director of Policy Development and Research at American Public Transportation Association
– Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations at Oakland Mayor’s Office
– Sahar Shirazi, Planning & Policy Lead, Emerging Mobility at WSP & Planning Commissioner, City of Oakland
– Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation and President, BART Board of Directors
That’s why California YIMBY has brought together a rockstar panel of experts to talk about how we change things for the better, together. Join us on Tuesday, August 11th at 5pm to ask these experts your burning questions.