Is Increased Density Really Necessary?
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Americans aren’t moving to California and Californians are moving out. But birthrates and immigrants from other countries mean increased growth anyway. On Reporter’s Notebook, the Olympic torch faces a mixed reception next week in San Francisco.
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The “Manhattanizing” of Los Angeles? ()California is not the magnet it once was, but the Southern California Association of Governments insists that population growth will continue—with a total of 13 million people in LA County by 2050. In the city of LA, forget about single-family homes with backyards. Mayor Villaraigosa is promoting what he calls “elegant density.” The City Council has given developers a break on parking and allowed them to override existing zoning if they include affordable housing.
- Beth Steckler: Policy Director at Livable Places
- Joel Kotkin: Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation
- Bill Fulton: Publisher of the California Planning & Development Report, @MayorFulton
Olympic Torch Faces a Mixed Reception Next Week in San Francisco ()On its way from ancient Olympic to Beijing, the Olympic torch will touch down just once in North America - next Wednesday in San Francisco.To the distress of Mayor Gavin Newsome, the Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution resolving to greet the torch with “alarm and protest.”
- John Glionna: San Francisco Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times
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