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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).

The Tip of What Could Be

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If the local housing crisis isn’t fixed, severe consequences could occur

A Village from Scratch

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

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?

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.

Groundbreaking for Artist Lofts is Imminent

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

Keeping It in the (Tahoe) Family

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For these Truckee/North Tahoe homeowners, keeping fellow locals around means foregoing the windfall of renting short term or selling at high rates, and instead focusing on the community.

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 Vexing Problem of Short-Term Rentals

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Airbnb may be changing the housing landscape, but a few local communities are doing what they can to minimize the damage.

STR Moratorium Stills the Waters

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A moratorium on new short-term rentals in Eastern Placer County allows county officials to revise its STR ordinance while also giving homebuyers pause as the new rules are established.