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Housing Crisis

Eyeing the data and hearing the stories on the streets, Moonshine Ink launched the Housing Crisis series in 2016. The stories and content aim to give context, employ compelling storytelling (such as a collection of personal stories), delve into the data, and look at solutions, while also being creative in how we present the information (such as data visualization).

How Do You ADU?

Did you know that the Town of Truckee led statewide efforts, now passed into law, to free up homeowners and developers’ restrictions on ADUs?

Groundbreaking for Artist Lofts is Imminent

Artist Lofts is the first step in building up the Truckee Railyard project, with excavation and foundation work scheduled to begin in August.

‘Missing Middle’ Housing Project Envisions Live-Work-Play From Jibboom Street

Residences at Jibboom is another Truckee housing project in the works. What makes this one so special? It’s geared towards the ‘Missing Middle’.

Small Homes, Big Obstacles

Whatever you call them — ADUs, in-law units, granny flats, what-have-you — they are a solution that appears tailormade for our region, yet it can be incredibly difficult to permit and build these small-scale housing units.

Building Blocks


The cost of construction in the region has been rising at about 10 percent each year, and Truckee is looking off-site for answers. Next year, 217 housing units will be shipped into town from around the West.

What Vail Can Teach Us About Housing


How does Vail meet the housing crisis head on? Vail housing director George Ruther covers personalizing the problem and creative use of deed restrictions in this exclusive Q&A.

The Wait List


With the promise of a rise in affordable housing as new projects get underway in Placer County and the Town of Truckee, we look at the current state of affordable housing, the obstacles to building it, and the creative methods being tested to make it happen.

Tackling Housing Crisis via Propositions, Who’s Filed for Local Seats


California’s upcoming ballot measures; and the roster of candidates for local special districts and Truckee town council seats.

A Village from Scratch


Resident hopefuls work to create a co-housing community in Truckee on West River Street.

Who’s Next Door?


The state of the short term rental market, current and future policy, and who is renting short term and why.