Los Angeles, Density and “Neighbourhood Character”

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Los Angeles is a city where residents have had a say in development over the past fifty years.  The Economist  writes that in 1960 that city had a population of 2.5 million and a zoned capacity for 10 million. By 2010 the population was nearly 4 million people but its zoned capacity had been reduced to 4.2 million.

While increasing density would be a prudent way to increase population and housing choice, Angelenos are fond of the single family house and have actively campaigned against density.  In 2014 half of Los Angeles was zoned for single family housing and  the city has 8,474 people per square mile~The City of Vancouver has over 13,000 people per square mile.

This is a city of  entrenched single family home owners. As Jan Breidenbach of the  University of Southern California observes “A good place to start is for politicians never again to utter…

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