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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).

Little Boxes on the Hillside

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We round up major development projects approved in the last 15 years and look at their associated affordable housing requirements. We ask, where are they now and — where we could find out — why.

The Downside of Downsizing

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Living small isn’t just a fad, it’s necessary for some. But downsizing in Truckee/Tahoe isn’t as easy as it sounds.
 

The Long-Term Headache of Regulating Short-Term Rentals

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As “short-term rental season” rolls around, and the town of Truckee and Washoe and Placer counties hone-in on their vacation rental ordinances, we check back in with our friends across the mountainous west.

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

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

Building Blocks

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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.

How Do You ADU?

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

What Vail Can Teach Us About Housing

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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.

Back of the House in Dire Straits

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A dwindling pool of kitchen staff has Truckee/Tahoe restaurant owners frantic. At the heart of problem lies the abundance of more lucrative jobs, a shrinking influx of immigrants, substance abuse in the kitchen, and fewer seasonal employees — all factors rooted in the #TahoeHousingCrisis.

The Missing Middle

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Will our community survive if its police officers, teachers, business owners, and those who have lived here all their lives can’t find housing? The answer is knocking on the front door, like it or not. Here are eight housing tales that tell the story.

The Wait List

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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.