The research is clear: Los Angeles needs to build more housing. The city’s affordability crisis, which drives its growing homelessness, displacement, and resident cost burdens, is indisputably the result of a severe housing shortage. The pace of housing development has not remotely kept pace with the increase in new residents over the past three decades. Why isn’t there enough affordable housing in LA? And what could be done to create more? Lewis Center faculty and students have spent the past year studying these question in detail, and have produced three briefs detailing new research into the causes of, and potential solutions to, LA’s housing problems: Is Los Angeles Destroying Its Affordable Housing Stock to Build Luxury Apartments? How Proposition U Restrains Los Angeles Housing Development Overcoming Opposition to New Housing Together, the research briefs draw straightforward conclusions about what’s behind the Los Angeles housing crisis — and how the tide might be turned: The lack of housing helps the rich [...]
2017-12-14T14:12:59+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New research briefs: Why isn’t there enough affordable housing in LA?
By Zev Hurwitz With nearly 60,000 Angelenos struggling with homelessness, local change agents have taken on the task of developing policies and services to address the crisis. At a Nov. 15, 2017, panel discussion at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, four leaders in the field discussed the challenges and opportunities in finding solutions for the plethora of Los Angeles residents who do not have access to permanent housing. The talk was part of an ongoing "Housing, Equity, and Community Series" put on by the Lewis Center, the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. More events in the series will take place in the winter and spring quarters. Watch the full panel: Michael Lens, associate professor of urban planning at the Luskin School, moderated the “Homelessness in Los Angeles” event. Other participants were Jerry Ramirez, manager of Los Angeles County’s homeless initiative; Dora Leon Gallo, CEO of A Community of [...]
2017-11-21T14:05:39+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Housing, Equity, and Community Series: Panel takes on LA’s crisis of homelessness
How can California be a global environmental leader if its runaway housing crisis makes climate change worse? This question was at the heart of the 2017 edition of our annual Lake Arrowhead Symposium, held in October around the theme "Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains." It's now being asked in the national media, in a new article in Bloomberg Businessweek. "California risks losing the lead in the fight against climate change if it can’t reduce its citizens’ commutes," reporter Esmé E. Deprez concludes. "To do so, it’ll need more housing." Deprez's piece tracks how the lack of affordable housing in California cities forces lower-income people to move further and further outside the urban core, producing more greenhouse gas emissions. Several Arrowhead panels touched on some of the reasons why this is happening: Exclusionary policies that prevent housing construction in many urban neighborhoods, misconceptions about the causes of traffic, and the lack of integrated local climate plans. Read the full Bloomberg piece here, [...]
2017-11-16T10:06:56+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bloomberg: California’s housing crisis harms state climate goals
The annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium brings together influential planners, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders for three days of immersive discussion on the connections between land use, transportation, and the environment. This October's 27th edition of the gathering tackled the highly relevant topic of "Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains," examining how land use policy interacts with and often impedes climate goals.
Sessions covered everything from housing displacement to freight logistics to infrastructure planning for greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers summarized some of the symposium's key themes and insights in the video below:
The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from a session on Tuesday, October 17, and a summary video with the three panelists.
How can we grow our urban areas more responsibly? The 2017 symposium’s final panel, moderated by the Lewis Center’s John Gahbauer, featured pragmatic local leaders presenting tools they have each used to help communities, developers, and decision-makers better understand, create, evaluate, and modify individual projects that support positive growth.[...]
2017-10-26T12:31:01+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Implementing climate goals through local tools
The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” -tackled the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here’s a dispatch from a session on Monday, October 16, and a summary video with the three panelists.
Users of our transportation system are accustomed to flat fees — a single fare per transit ride, a set per-hour rate for street parking, a fixed delivery fee for packages, and so on. [...]
2017-10-25T11:45:34+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: How pricing and technology can improve transportation and climate impacts
The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from the opening night session and a summary video with the three panelists.
California is not building enough housing, and the denser, more walkable, more environmentally friendly neighborhoods that are being built are not affordable. [...]
2017-10-20T11:45:04+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Building our way to denser, greener, more affordable neighborhoods
Public Housing and Activism series brought together community members, activists, academics and public officials to discuss the thorny intersection of displacement, environmental justice, and housing policy. The 2016-2017 Housing and Activism series, produced with our partners at the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy, strove to center stage the people that have lived and are living through the massive federal policy change away from public housing developments. The series started with a look back at the city considered the epicenter for public housing demolition, Chicago, hearing the perspective of former and current residents who witnessed the near wholesale displacement of their community at Cabrini Green. The second installment focused on LA’s own plans for demolition with a conversation on the much debated and awaited Jordan Downs redevelopment. The final event returned to another community that famously fought the loss of its public housing units, Boyle Heights with Pico Aliso, this time addressing the displacement [...]
2017-10-10T12:27:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recapping our Housing and Activism series: Despite the contentious past, presenting hope for the future
A complete video recording of the event available on YouTube The merits of an upcoming ballot initiative in the City of LA, Measure S, that would mean big changes for big development projects in the city brought together a panel of UCLA experts in housing and land use. If passed by voters in March 2017, Measure S would impose a temporary moratorium on development projects that require changes to zoning, land use and building height laws in Los Angeles. In addition, the measure would restrict other changes and impose mandatory review procedures to the Los Angeles General Plan, while preventing project applicants from conducting their own Environmental Impact Reports (EIR). “If you’re a developer and you want to do some affordable housing … it would be informally discouraged in wealthier areas,” said Joan Ling, a longtime lecturer in the UCLA Luskin Department of Urban Planning. “There’s a lot of talk about reforming land use laws in L.A., but there’s very [...]
2017-10-31T13:38:24+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Housing, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Case of Arrested Development – UCLA Housing and Land Use experts on the Road to and From Los Angeles’ Measure S
Every year, urban planners, academics, public officials, and transportation enthusiasts gather in the mountains near San Bernardino for 3 days of thoughtful, frank discussions on the connections between transportation, land use, and the environment. This year's Lake Arrowhead Symposium was no different, with all the sessions revolving around the theme of "Paying It Forward: Investing in Sustainable Mobility." Panelists and attendees came from all over the country to discuss funding innovative transportation programs, coping with fiscal uncertainty, and planning for future innovations like Autonomous Vehicles.This was the 26th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only gathering, and we've put together 4 stories to share some of the highlights with you.1. Adding Capacity Without Adding ConcreteThe era of major highway construction is over, and there's still traffic everywhere. Are there other ways to help cut down on congestion?2. Funding Transportation Through Cap-and-TradeOne of California's most innovative transit-funding programs is also one of its most unpredictable. How can we plan for the future?3. How [...]
2017-05-19T16:01:46+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2016 Arrowhead Symposium: Investing in Sustainable Mobility