There’s a battle raging over development in and around Los Angeles. On one side, people say we need to slow things down and stop the spread of high-rise and luxury buildings. The other side says we need more development to meet demand and stop housing prices from soaring even higher.
Measure LV - or the LUVE initiative - is on the ballot in the city of Santa Monica. It seeks to curb high-rise development by requiring new buildings, exceeding two stories, to obtain voter approval before construction can begin (with a few exceptions). Proponents say Measure LV will reduce traffic and congestion.
The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is measure on the March 2017 ballot that would restrict development in Los Angeles. Folks behind NII are supporting another slow-growth ballot measure - this one in Santa Monica. DnA on ATC looks at LUVE, or Measure LV and asks what it means for downtown Santa Monica, and the region.
Though borne out of local frustrations, Measure LV in Santa Monica is widely perceived as a referendum on the future of growth in the Southland and has regional ramifications for urban design, planning and architecture.
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Angelenos are in the midst of an epic battle over what kind of city they want to live in, suburban or urban. They are also battling over which of these two cities can keep the region's housing affordable as the middle class is hollowed out.
We've all heard of NIMBYs: people who oppose growth because they don't want their neighborhoods to change. Now, there's a counter-movement forming of people who say the only way to solve the housing crisis in expensive cities is to keep building.
Downtown Santa Monica is being transformed from a Central Business District into a dense, walkable community of three- to seven-story mixed-use buildings attractive to young and old urban dwellers. But many Santa Monica residents are angered by what they see as over-development and traffic congestion.
Home prices keep hitting record highs in Southern California. What’s the solution? Some say Santa Monica – with its recent downtown development and light rail extension – is the model. But a split vote by that city’s lawmakers suggests otherwise.
Three star architecture firms from Europe have been tapped by LA developers to design massive, dense, infill developments in LA. It's exciting news for anyone who follows architecture. But will they get to realize these projects in a region that is resisting dense development even as it faces a huge housing crisis?
Voters in Los Angeles on Tuesday agreed to tax themselves to pay for mass transit, homeless housing, and parks. They also want developers to pay for affordable housing. And Santa Monica voters rejected a controversial anti-density measure.