Today starts the season of love and Black History Month. We’re partnering with a Black artist named Greg Edwards to showcase how the Black experience relates to our work. This past November we saw Los Angeles County take the first of many steps needed to @reimagine_la, specifically the Black and Brown communities that were redlined.
At the same time, we also know the work is just beginning. As we move into Black History Month we must continue to confront how redlining impacts Black Americans and other people of color. And as we seek to #undesigntheredline and uplift how the past impacts the present, we look forward to partnering with Designing the We to bring the exhibit back to Los Angeles, virtually of course 😉!
However, it is not enough to just simply talk about, conversations must be followed by systemic change, and that is the current opportunity we have here in Los Angeles as we seek to affirmatively further fair housing and end the legacy of redlining.
If you haven’t already, join us in calling for an equitable distribution of the RHNA allocation and saying no to the status quo, we cannot wait another decade to confront racism within our land use and develop practices.
And stay tuned for the artwork we’re going to be displaying throughout the month of February, you can register for the auction that will follow on February 28th here!
Thanks to your advocacy at SCAG, cities across Southern California will have to plan for 1.3 million more homes by 2029, and coastal cities near jobs and transit, like Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, will have to allow much more housing growth than in recent decades. This is a game-changer that could transform our region for the better.
But as usual, NIMBYs are trying to skirt the rules and keep new neighbors out. 48 cities appealed their housing growth goals, arguing that SCAG should let them plan for less new housing. Fortunately, SCAG held the line and rejected every one of these spurious appeals.
It’s hard to make the right decision, especially when it’s not the easy decision to make. So please join us in thanking the SCAG officials who held their ground and refused to buckle to pressure from housing opponents. Thanks to them, we’re one step closer to fixing our housing affordability crisis.