Category: Los Angeles

Month in Review: October, 2014: Part 2, From the Left Coast

1 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Casinos, CEQA, Chapter 40B, Everett, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Just-a-Start, Los Angeles, Milton, Month in review, NIMBY, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Stockton | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In October, to prove that the Right Coast has no monopoly on development neck tourniquets, I explored the nation’s least-affordable city (measured by percentage of residents who are housing-cost-burdened), in Tragedy of the lords: Part 1, 47% of gross income for rent, and Part 2, 7 […]

Month in Review: October, 2014: Part 1, Reports from the Right Coast

26 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Casinos, CEQA, Chapter 40B, Everett, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Just-a-Start, Los Angeles, Milton, Month in review, NIMBY, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Stockton | No comments

By: David A. Smith During October, I finished my record-setting series of twelve parts (When the house loses: Part 6, Admitted backdating documents, Part 7, consultant slash lobbyist?, Part 8, All gambling is local, Part 9, Playing in Casinoland, Part 10, Elderly day-care centers, Part 11, Twice as many problem gamblers) exploring in depth the […]

Tragedy of the lords: Part 2, 7 out of 10 of the nation’s worst zip codes

30 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CEQA, Development, Housing, Los Angeles, Markets, NIMBY, Proposition 13, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You’ve started using your incompetence as a weapon I think I’ve underestimated you, Ned. I don’t know why it took me so long. You’ve started using your incompetence as a weapon. – Assistant District Attorney Lowenstein, Body Heat Yesterday’s criticism of Los Angeles’ epic failure of […]

Tragedy of the lords: Part 1, 47% of gross income for rent

29 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CEQA, Development, Housing, Los Angeles, Markets, NIMBY, Proposition 13, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith You better take me up on this quick. In another forty-five minutes I’m going to give up and walk away. – Ned Racine, Body Heat In about forty-five years I’m going to give up Take something for granted long enough, pile it with ever greater burdens, obstruct it with ever longer […]

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 […]