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Five Steps to a Bad Housing Element

All summer long, Abundant Housing LA and YIMBY Law have been reviewing and commenting on cities’ housing elements, strategic plans for meeting a housing growth goal (the “RHNA target”) over the coming 8 years. Housing elements must encourage strong housing growth by identifying sites that are good for future housing, paring back restrictions on housing […]

SB 9 and SB 10 is now the law. What’s next?

Housing advocates have reasons to celebrate today. Senate Bills 9 and 10, which empower property owners to build additional homes on their lots and speed up the rezoning process for mid-density housing, respectively, had become the law. After months of negotiation in the legislature, weathering a recall election, these two bills mark the symbolic end […]

What is YIMBYism? Disputing Misconceptions About YIMBYs

What exactly is YIMBYism? During the week of September 8, the journal Environment and Planning C: Politics and Place published an article entitled “Introducing the YIMBYs: Renters, Housing and Supply-Side Politics in Los Angeles.” This article, by Renee Tapp, has received some attention, and it claims to describe the views and actions of Abundant Housing […]

Two Cheers for LA’s Housing Element

It’s housing element season here at Abundant Housing LA, as cities across Southern California publish their “housing elements”, which are strategic plans for achieving a housing growth goal over the coming 8 years. By October 15, as part of the state’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process, cities must adopt ​​housing elements that identify quality […]

An Open Letter on Judge Carter’s Order

Every Angeleno knows that homelessness in Los Angeles has been at a crisis point for years. The tragedy on our streets has become even more salient as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Judge David Carter’s recent order in the case of LA ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, et al. v. CITY OF LOS ANGELES, […]

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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
Gentle density = affordable, inclusive, & sustainable 💚
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Current research suggests that gentle density, referring to a dense layout of low-rise buildings, is the best urban form for low-carbon cities. Paris is a real-world example of such urban growth pattern. 
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-25/to-cut-carbon-think-low-rise-buildings-not-skyscrapers
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#GentleDensity #Housing #UrbanForm #Yimby #SmartGrowth #Urbanism #sustainability #SustainableCity
Enforcing parking *minimum* near transit makes no sense at all! 🤷🏻‍♀️ AB 1401 will fix this - it combats climate change AND makes homes more affordable. It faces an important (read: pass or die) hearing THIS THU, please help support by calling your Senator today:  cayimby.org/call-ab1401 
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Call script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xLarhCJ9aqxNNi0QliejFs-LPwnEDmxa5N-vv8UKoO4/edit?usp=sharing

We need AB 1401 to become the law!
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#AB1401 #transit #housing #urbanplanning #housingpolicy #housingshortage #housingcrisis #climatechange #ClimateEmergency