Support parking reform by sending a letter for AB 1401
Today is a red-letter day for Abundant Housing LA: we’ve just sponsored our first-ever piece of state legislation, together with our partners at SPUR and California YIMBY. Assembly Bill 1401, introduced by our hometown assemblymember Laura Friedman, would remove minimum on-site parking requirements on residential and commercial developments located near transit.
Local on-site parking requirements force homes and commercial buildings to be built with a minimum number of parking spaces, regardless of how many are needed. This increases traffic, air pollution, and carbon emissions by encouraging car dependence and discouraging mass transit usage. This also worsens California’s severe housing shortage by driving up the cost of housing production. Our Policy and Research Director, Anthony Dedousis, made the case for parking reform last year in the L.A. Times.
By removing this arbitrary requirement, AB 1401 will reduce car dependency and carbon emissions, cut housing construction costs and rents, and encourage greater transit usage and more housing and business growth near transit. All this will create more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly commercial corridors and downtowns throughout California, and help us to turn the tide on the housing and climate crises.
Please use this form to support AB 1401. Tell your state senator and assemblymember that you support bold action on housing, the climate, and mobility!
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The NIMBY “Not in My Backayrd” is unfortunately all too real. We need to change this.
Abundant Housing LA conducts outreach and education to shift LA culture to see housing as what it is–a good thing. We need your help! Do you have any connections to the entertainment industry, or any skills you could use to help us with this mission? Please reply to this email if you do! We hope to hear from you.
Black History Month Auction
On the last day of Black History Month, we will be auctioning off 24×36 frames of the artwork we displayed throughout the month. Each portrait will begin at $50, a discounted rate compared to the rate the artist typically sells at. We hope that you and your network can join us, all proceeds will go towards Abundant Housing LA as we continue the fight to end the legacy of redlining and housing discrimination.
Use this link to register. And use this link to view the artwork and submit your bid.
Senate District 30 Candidate Forum on Affordable Housing & Homelessness
A special election for Senate District 30 will take place on March 2, 2021. Come hear how candidates for this seat plan to prioritize affordable housing and address homelessness. Constituents across Southern California are looking for leadership from their elected officials on housing, one of California’s most pressing issues, including: the massive shortage of affordable housing, increases in homelessness, and an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we are seeing that housing and healthcare are inextricably linked, and voters want clarity around resources and the candidate platforms.
Confirmed candidates: Sydney Kamlager, Daniel Lee, and Renita Duncan
Register for this forum here.
Housing Across America: Massachusetts’ Big Step on Transit-Oriented Housing
Over the past decade, housing costs have increased rapidly in most major cities, as the supply of affordable housing has lagged behind strong demand. Boston is no different, with home prices increasing by 53% since 2009. Though the Boston area’s strong job growth and a growing preference for urban living have sparked greater demand for housing, rising housing costs are also a result of restrictive housing policies and local exclusionary zoning laws, especially in Boston’s suburbs. This has led to the same harmful trends that we’ve seen in California: longer commutes as lower-income households are pushed further from the city center, a sapping of economic vitality as employers struggle to attract workers who can afford high housing costs, and less economic opportunity for communities of color, who are harmed in particular when wealthier, majority-white cities and neighborhoods use exclusionary zoning to keep out new neighbors.
Read more here.