It's a dog's life in DTLA

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A dog with a red manicure at Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar. Photo courtesy of Janene Zakrajsek.

The creation of place is as much about the social experience as the physical, especially when it comes to home. And home to many means the company of a pet.

But many renters find property owners don’t allow dogs and cats. That’s especially true for the homeless. Supportive housing often forbids pets, so a homeless person who is offered a room is forced to choose between their four-legged friend and a roof over their heads.

Last week the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to draft an ordinance requiring all county-funded housing to allow homeless people who move into that housing to bring their pets.

The dog run on the roof of Circa LA, a two-tower residential complex with a two-acre rooftop park. Photo courtesy of Circa LA

This got DnA wondering where you can find dog-friendly rentals generally.

Turns out, the place with the least number of backyards in LA might be where you find the most welcome mats for dogs, and other pets.

Downtown landlords have gone out of their way to attract renters (and condo-owners) with dogs, who in turn have helped grease the wheels of development in this urban neighborhood.

After all, says Hal Bastian, leasing agent and realtor, it took dogs to create community in the fledgling revival of the historic district.

Hal Bastian with his dog Scooter in downtown LA. Photo courtesy of Bastian

Following the passage of the adaptive reuse ordinance 19 years ago, Bastian was working on the leasing of 230 apartments in the historic district developed by Tom Gilmore. It was a challenge because there were homeless encampments on the streets. But they had exposed and epoxied the concrete floors, and “in a moment of intuition, I said, let's be dog friendly. I ended up leasing 230 apartments to 350 people with 150 dogs and the world was changed.”

DnA talks to Hal Bastian and Downtown LA News Editor-in-chief Jon Regardie about how dogs have changed the amenities in new residential buildings and upstaged children in creating community in the most urban neighborhood in LA County.


Jon Regardie - editor at Los Angeles Downtown News - @DowntownNews, Hal Bastian - commercial real estate broker and consultant - @halbastiandtla

Frances Anderton

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