Sacramento County Neighborhoods Articles



Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: In what appears to be a power play that worked, a developer proposed building 14 residential highrises with a combined 4,260 units in Santa Monica.
How California Developers Twist Affordable Housing Laws

A new interpretation of an old law gives homebuilders leverage over California cities and their zoning codes. They’re using it to push through thousands of new apartments around the state.

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

Image caption: The Delta King, a paddlewheel riverboat with hotel rooms and a live theater, docked on the Old Sacramento Waterfront
Old Sacramento Waterfront Reboots

After hitting pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, city officials are once again trying to revitalize the popular but aging Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Image caption:
Getting to Yes

In which we ponder how to make things better in a climate of no.

Image caption: The Sacramento Observer broadcasts the Black community’s cultural heritage with its guide to landmarks.
Landmarks of Black History

Where is Sacramento’s Black Wall Street? Which park was named after LeVar Burton? Find out on SacObserver.com.

Image caption: Local cities and counties struggle to regulate the exploding short-term rental industry.
Short-Term Losses

The short-term or ‘vacation’ rental industry spawns hundreds of horror stories and damages the housing market, but governments struggle with how to bring it under control.

Image caption: Proponents of SB 9 and SB 10 hope the legislation will make it easier for California to increase its housing stock.
California Split

Two controversial bills finally pass, opening up at least the possibility that single-family lots could be used to provide more housing options.

Image caption: Participants in a recent board meeting of the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee discuss affordable housing in the wake of a pandemic-fueled boom in real estate prices.
Paradise Found

A pandemic-fueled real estate boom has exploded in the Tahoe-Truckee region. Mountain Housing Council is working to ensure that locals can keep their own little slices of heaven.

Join Us Today!