Category: Los Angeles

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) […]

Change first or help first?

18 July, 2012 (09:31) | Homelessness, Housing, Los Angeles, Program design, Social impact bonds, Social programs, Supportive housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   When it comes to people whom we wish to help with government or charitable resources so that they can change their lives, should we make them prove it first or should we give it first?    Is this a good idea?   That question lies underneath the design choices within many […]

Distrust me just this once? Part 3, how to build trust

10 September, 2009 (10:15) | Communications, HOPE VI, Los Angeles, Public housing, Residents, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the previous Part 1.]    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde   In the first two parts of this post, we encountered (via a Los Angeles Times article) Los Angeles‘ Jordan Downs public housing property, and the ambitious […]

Distrust me just this once? Part 2, the enemies of trust

9 September, 2009 (10:43) | Communications, HOPE VI, Los Angeles, Public housing, Residents, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1].     “Who are you going to believe: me or your lying eyes?” – Groucho Marx, Duck Soup   To redevelop Jordan Downs, one of Los Angeles’s largest and worst public housing properties, requires gargantuan capital – the figure $1,000,000,000 has been bandied about – […]