About the Book
Generation Priced Out Selected for Curbed’s 101 Books About Where and How We Live
Generation Priced Out urges America’s most “progressive” cities to stop pricing out the working and middle-class. Randy Shaw has worked for over four decades to protect tenants, house the unhoused and promote affordability. His book tells powerful stories of tenants, politicians, homeowner groups, developers, and activists in over a dozen U.S. cities impacted by the national housing crisis. From San Francisco to New York City, Seattle to Denver, and Los Angeles to Austin, Generation Priced Out lays out a roadmap for progressive cities to reverse rising economic and racial inequality. Shaw has led housing victories at the local, state and national level. He knows what must be done to expand affordability.
In his new preface to the paperback, Shaw updates efforts by pro-housing activists in Cambridge, Austin, Portland and other cities and states. He highlights the growing advocacy efforts of Habitat for Humanity chapters across the nation, and the increasing recognition that housing policy is climate policy. Shaw exposes how boomer homeowners restrict millennials’ access to housing in big cities, a generational divide that increasingly dominates city, state and even politics. Having led efforts to prevent gentrification and displacement in San Francisco’s still working-class Tenderloin neighborhood, Shaw also demonstrates that neighborhood gentrification is not inevitable. He presents proven measures for cities to preserve and expand their working- and middle-class populations and achieve more equitable and inclusive outcomes. Generation Priced Out is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of urban America.