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Why Tokyo is an extraordinary exception in housing

In Los Angeles and across California, impediments to speedy and low-cost residential development are driving housing costs through the roof and leading to crises of homelessness, congestion, and inequality. Yet Tokyo – the world’s largest city, and one of its wealthiest – stands in stark contrast for its unique ability to build (and rebuild) housing […]

Housing Lessons From My Neighborhoods, Part V

We all come to housing advocacy from different places, literally and figuratively. As I take on the role of Director of Policy and Research for Abundant Housing LA, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself, in the context of the five neighborhoods where I have lived. This is the fifth installment of the […]

Prospects for Reforming Parking Requirements in LA County

When I was a planner working for a local city, I would always get really excited when someone would propose multifamily housing. Being able to check those plans was kind of like finding a four-leafed clover, since there was so much single-family zoning, this type of project didn’t come around very often. However, that excitement […]

What is CEQA and why it needs to be reformed, Part II

If you’re interested in reading some of the source material for yourself, the Association of Environmental Professionals publishes a great CEQA Handbook, which includes the statute, guidelines, and a discussion of recent court cases (don’t worry, unlike many CEQA documents, the Handbook weighs in at a relatively light 481 pages). In this post, I pick […]

Housing Lessons From My Neighborhoods, Part IV

We all come to housing advocacy from different places, literally and figuratively. As I take on the role of Director of Policy and Research for Abundant Housing LA, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself, in the context of the five neighborhoods where I have lived. This is the fourth installment of the […]

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🚨From now till June 7th we have this window of opportunity to shake up the status quo. We have to seize it. For an affordable, livable, and fair future. Vote your hearts out folks! 

#vote #teamdulce #scottforla #voterguide #losangeles #southcentral #venice #westwood #sawtelle #palms #marvista #brentwood #midcityla #weho #SharePost #westhollywood #santamonica #dtla #beverlyhills #southla #sela #southeastla #downey #bell #bellgardens #parklabrea #labrea #westchester #delrey #littletokyo
❤️ 100% affordable housing project walkable🚶🏻🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️from Metro’s Expo/Bundy station! Thanks to the density bonus provided through LA’s Transit-Oriented Community program, Missouri Place Apartments provides 73 homes to formally homeless individuals 🙌🏼.
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#affordablehousing #housingforall #TOC #Transit #urbanplanning #housingfirst #yimby #housingpolicy
Neighborhood Change and #LatinoUrbanism with Ed Mendoza - when the neighborhood of Jefferson Park tried to become more than what it was zoned to be, the city was quick to shut everything down. Where have the pupusa ladies been? What could have been if urban planning was more understanding of Latino traditions?

#urbanplanning #urbanism #neighborhood #neighborhoodwalk #Yimby #publicpolicy
“LA used to be a place where people like my parents could really find success” - Thank you Michael for sharing your housing story with us. It feels vulnerable when the narrative has been one that if you can’t afford homes, it’s because you are not working hard enough, not smart enough, not saving enough. But you are enough - it’s the housing market that needs to be fixed 🙏🏼👊🏼
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#housingcrisis #millenials #yimby #housingshortage #housingpolicy #housingforall
It's very concerning that HCD certified San Diego's housing element. What type of message does this send to other cities, who are currently trying to wiggle out of rezoning? 
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Here are a few less than ideal sites included in SD's housing element. Without substantial rezoning of R1 neighborhoods, We worry this plan is a recipe for more displacement and gentrification. 
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#HousingPolicy #HousingLaw #SanDiego #YIMBY #AffordableHousing #FairHousing
🌴Touring #AffordableHousing on the Westside!
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As you can see, government-subsidized Affordable Housing™️ typically serves seniors, folks with special needs, & large families. But it has so much more potential to serve all types of communities.
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#SB679, which ultimately did not pass, could have made building these homes here in LA a lot easier, faster, and more cost-efficient. We hope to bring back this proposal stronger for the next legislative year.
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‼Support our work to create more Affordable Housing than ever: http://tinyurl.com/FunnyNeighbors
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#HousingForAll #LegalizeHomes #Yimby #housingcrisis #housingmarket

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