Housing & Development

In a unanimous vote in December, councilmember Nury Martinez was elected LA City Council president, becoming the first Latina in the role.

from Greater LA

Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his annual State of the State speech today. A lot of it focused on fighting homelessness.

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Until last month, Helen Harlan lived in a five-bedroom house in Highland Park with 24 roommates.

Life after 24 roommates

Until last month, Helen Harlan lived in a five-bedroom house in Highland Park with 24 roommates.

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Gwendolyn Lang, an 80-year-old widow, lived with two of her adult sons. At the time, the bank foreclosed on her home.

Homeowner faced foreclosure. Did she get to stay?

Gwendolyn Lang, an 80-year-old widow, lived with two of her adult sons. At the time, the bank foreclosed on her home.

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In December, we brought you a story about XOTX-Tropico Nursery, an exotic plant store in West Hollywood.

Resistance wasn’t futile: XOTX-Tropico Nursery returns

In December, we brought you a story about XOTX-Tropico Nursery, an exotic plant store in West Hollywood.

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Movie villains may want to blow up the planet. But they have great taste in architecture.

Why movie villains have the best houses

Movie villains may want to blow up the planet. But they have great taste in architecture.

from Design and Architecture

City Councilman Jose Huizar held a press conference on Monday about his 4-year-old plan to revamp downtown’s Pershing Square.

Pershing Square is overdue for a facelift. Will it get attention?

City Councilman Jose Huizar held a press conference on Monday about his 4-year-old plan to revamp downtown’s Pershing Square.

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The state of California wants cities in the southland to build 1.3 million new housing units in the next 10 years.

OC cities oppose state housing mandate

The state of California wants cities in the southland to build 1.3 million new housing units in the next 10 years.

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This Tuesday through Thursday, Los Angeles County will conduct its annual “point in time” count of people experiencing homelessness around the region. We get the basics.

LA County conducts annual homeless count this week

This Tuesday through Thursday, Los Angeles County will conduct its annual “point in time” count of people experiencing homelessness around the region. We get the basics.

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After the eviction, Dominique Walker said to the press, “This house was a statement. It was a symbol of what needs to happen in Oakland. This was an absolute victory. ...

Moms squatting in Oakland house are evicted. What’s next for the moms and the house?

After the eviction, Dominique Walker said to the press, “This house was a statement. It was a symbol of what needs to happen in Oakland. This was an absolute victory. ...

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In LA, choosing where to buy coffee is about more what that soy latte tastes like.   
  “I'll go to a spot where the coffee may not be that good, but the vibe is right.  ... I'll just…

Coffee shops in gentrifying neighborhoods: Why design matters

In LA, choosing where to buy coffee is about more what that soy latte tastes like.  “I'll go to a spot where the coffee may not be that good, but the vibe is right.  ... I'll just…

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California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his annual state budget today, which exceeds $220 billion. He wants to devote a billion of that to helping the homeless.

Gov. Newsom’s budget focuses on homelessness

California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his annual state budget today, which exceeds $220 billion. He wants to devote a billion of that to helping the homeless.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

What would you do for a roof over your head if you became homeless? Dominique Walker of Oakland faced that reality. Her solution was to squat in someone else’s house.

Oakland mom on why she squatted in a vacant house

What would you do for a roof over your head if you became homeless? Dominique Walker of Oakland faced that reality. Her solution was to squat in someone else’s house.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The story of Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria starts in typical California fashion -- with an orange juice stand.

The rise and demise of Carpinteria’s Santa Claus Lane

The story of Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria starts in typical California fashion -- with an orange juice stand.

from KCRW Features

As Los Angeles prepares for the 2028 Olympics, local activists are calling attention to the displacement of low-income communities in the city, blaming the Olympics as a tool of…

Local activists target Olympic preparations as catalyst of gentrification

As Los Angeles prepares for the 2028 Olympics, local activists are calling attention to the displacement of low-income communities in the city, blaming the Olympics as a tool of…

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“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had its glitzy premiere on Monday. That’s 42 years after the original movie came out in 1977.

Should Hollywood Boulevard always be closed to cars?

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had its glitzy premiere on Monday. That’s 42 years after the original movie came out in 1977.

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The Los Angeles County General Hospital was considered a state-of-the-art institution when it opened in December 1933 amid the Great Depression.

Could an iconic abandoned hospital ease LA’s housing crisis?

The Los Angeles County General Hospital was considered a state-of-the-art institution when it opened in December 1933 amid the Great Depression.

from Design and Architecture

So here is a fairytale for you: a house for a family with a large yard in Los Angeles for sale at around $12,000.

How Cinderella Homes brought fantasy to the suburbs

So here is a fairytale for you: a house for a family with a large yard in Los Angeles for sale at around $12,000.

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In the past five years, rents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have increased by 27%, while median wages have only grown by 8%, according to a new housing report released by the…

Grassroots survey highlights Central Coast housing crisis

In the past five years, rents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have increased by 27%, while median wages have only grown by 8%, according to a new housing report released by the…

from KCRW Features

A judge ruled that Orange County cannot arrest people for sleeping in public spaces if there are no alternatives.

Orange County homelessness: Growing pains in creating emergency shelters and the search for long term solutions

A judge ruled that Orange County cannot arrest people for sleeping in public spaces if there are no alternatives.

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