Category: Los Angeles

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 […]

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 […]