a more local article re: the recent UC Berkeley study:
The [Bay Area] region expects to add 2.1 million people in the next 25 years, bringing the population to 9 million. Commutes could lengthen as rising housing costs drive residents from San Francisco, and as new residents move in droves to the more affordable Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
To ease pressure on the region’s transportation systems, Plan Bay Area, the region’s outline for development until 2040, calls for concentrating housing in neighborhoods within walking distance of public transit and amenities like grocery stores and restaurants.
That reflects an increasing desire of people of all ages to live in walkable communities, said Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, an Oakland group that advocates for public transportation.
“Having a low-carbon lifestyle is not just for hipsters,” he said. “It should also be for soccer moms and NASCAR dads and Instagram teens.”