South LA has a new luxury tower with $3100 rents. Why are there no affordable units?

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The ARQ tower is part of a full development with restaurants and a Whole Foods near the intersection of La Cienega and Jefferson. Photo by David Zahniser.

A few years back, developers had an idea: Take a piece of land south of the 10 freeway that was occupied by a radio station cluster, and build a 30-story, fancy glass residential tower. The building, known as the ARQ, is part of a full development with restaurants and a Whole Foods near the intersection of La Cienega and Jefferson. But that fancy part — and the political part in getting it done — are sticking in the craw of a lot of folks in that part of South LA.

Credits

Guest:
David Zahniser - Los Angeles Times - @DavidZahniser

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel