Gentrification and Affordability
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Almost 13,000 moderately-priced rental units were built in LA in the past five years, but almost the same number were turn down or converted to condos. Should government intervene to preserve affordable housing? Should the real estate market have its way, even if it does seem out of control?
Los Angeles Term-Limits Measure Dealt Blow ()
Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien has ordered Proposition R removed from the November ballot in the City of Los Angeles. That's the measure that extends term limits for City Council members from two terms to three and imposes limits on how lobbyists raise money.
- Dan Laidman: City Hall Correspondent, Copley News Service
Gentrification and Affordability ()
LA's urban centers are subject to migratory movements that are like weather patterns—impervious to rent control, affordable housing trust funds and other kinds of government intervention. Moderate homes and apartments give way to McMansions and condos, occupied by the same kind of people who fled to the suburbs 20 years ago. Last week's LA Weekly explored that pattern. Thirty years ago, there was white flight out of the central city to avoid school busing for integration. That expanded into the flight of the middle class. What nobody realized was that the process might take place all over again in the other direction. Neighborhoods are unrecognizable to the people who grew up in them. Who wins and who loses in "Gentrification City?"
- David Zahniser: Staff writer, LA Weekly, @DavidZahniser
- Bill Witte: President, Related Companies of California
- Paul Zimmerman: Executive Director, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing
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