Category: ADU

The family compound: Part 2, Expanding the family

23 September, 2013 (13:08) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Verticality, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday post using as source an interesting if oblivious Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) article showed that when a city is facing continuous immigration pressure, that city must go up (into high-rises, often condos) or infill (by increasing FAR of already-developed plots), because otherwise […]

The family compound: Part 1, Expanding the property

19 September, 2013 (13:15) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   My years working on slums, slum formalization, and slum upgrading have opened my eyes to two urban phenomena – informality and urban evolution – that are seemingly invisible to ordinary formal-world observers, even people paid to look at such things, as illustrated by this interesting Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) […]

Outlaw in-laws: Part 3, quiet amnesty

20 May, 2009 (10:11) | ADU, Amnesty, Configuration, Density, Innovations, Special needs housing, Tenure, US News | 2 comments

  [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the previous Part 1.]   To legitimize a thing, give it a more respectable name.  In our modern era, we reinvented the flophouse or rooming house as the SRO (single-room occupancy), and the in-law apartment (or granny flat) as the Accessory Dwelling Unit:   In-law apartment, Connecticut suburb: note […]

Outlaw in-laws: Part 2, creeping densification

19 May, 2009 (09:30) | ADU, Amnesty, Configuration, Density, Innovations, Special needs housing, Tenure, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s post, Accessory Dwelling Units (commonly known as ‘in-law apartments’) have a symbiotic relationship to their host property (usually a single-family home) in that they take advantage of the installed trunk infrastructure – streets, utilities – as well as the site infrastructure – the driveway, […]

Outlaw in-laws: Part 1, symbiotic replication

18 May, 2009 (10:38) | ADU, Amnesty, Configuration, Density, Innovations, Special needs housing, Tenure, US News |

  “When in-law apartments are outlawed, only outlaw in-laws will have apartments.” – Bumper sticker from the National Relatives Accommodation Association (NRAA)   Despite all the emphasis we bestow on the visible and regulated forms of affordable housing – LIHTC, HUD Section 8, even inclusionary zoning – there are more forms of invisible affordable housing […]