More housing for rich LA cities; West Coast Craft

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Soukie Modern, a rug maker based in Palm Springs, on view at West Coast Craft. Courtesy West Coast Craft

A dramatic decision by a little-known planning agency may impact how much new housing goes up in your city. The board of the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, voted recently to allocate more housing in coastal, job-rich cities in Southern California rather than in rural areas. That means over 3,000 new units for Beverly Hills, which had planned to build three. DnA talks to the mayors of Culver City and Beverly Hills about their different approaches to new housing construction, and asks if car-based land-use in the Southland is coming to the end of the road.

And ‘tis the season for holiday craft fairs. So why does West Coast Craft, new to LA this year, insist it is not a craft fair? DnA talks to WCC creative director Paulina Nassar about the "West Coast aesthetic," the intersection of fine art and craft, and WCC's place in a fairly saturated craft marketplace.