What's Holding Us Back? Talking Bay Area Transportation and Housing

By Chirag Rabari

Last week's Joint Venture Silicon Valley's annual State of the Valley Conference featured a panel entitled What's Holding Us Back? – a look at the twin transportation and housing challenges facing Silicon Valley and the Bay Area as a whole.

MTC and ABAG Executive Director Steve Heminger joined moderator and Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock for an initial conversation on the transportation side of the ledger. They were later joined by Carol Galante, Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing & Urban Policy and director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley, as the discussion shifted to housing.

Topics ranged widely, from the elusive search for a "big fix" to "Self-Help" funding for transportation, from CASA – The Committee to House the Bay Area to Silicon Valley's political engagement on the housing crisis.

Transcripts of the conversations, edited for length and clarity, are available from the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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