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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. They are supporting Measure LV, or LUVE (Land-Use Voter Empowerment), a November ballot initiative that is being watched around the Southland. (We hear from Santa Monica residents Elena Christopoulos, Jeremy Stutes, Brian Derro, Shari Mattingly, Gary Llewellyn, Amy Utani and Ida Reilly.)
Armen Melkonians, Residocracy (@luveinitiative)
Tricia Crane, Residocracy (@luveinitiative)
Ron Goldman, Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow
Rick Cole, City of Santa Monica
Carl Hansen, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (@govaffairs)
Jason Islas, Santa Monica Forward / Santa Monica Next (@jasonislas)
Santa Monica Lookout: Proposed LUVE initiative getting little support from SM council members
Santa Monica Forward's statement opposing LUVE
Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow's statement supporting LUVE
The East LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over gentrification and rising home prices. Activists are targeting art galleries for catalyzing gentrification and displacement of long-time tenants, to be replaced by folks from other parts of the Southland who are being priced out of their neighborhoods. DnA's Avishay Artsy reports from Boyle Heights.
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