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New Report Explores LA River’s Potential For Sustainable Development and Social Equity

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

New Report Explores LA River’s Potential For Sustainable Development and Social Equity

Urban One was privileged to work with Paul Habibi of Grayslake Advisors and the LA Business Council Institute on a new report, released this past Friday, exploring the sustainable economic development potential of the LA River and its surrounding neighborhoods. The report, “LA’s Next Frontier: Capturing Opportunities For New Housing, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development in LA River Communities,” details the many economic, social, and environmental benefits that can be achieved for the city and its river-adjacent communities through investment in ecosystem...

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Is your city Manhattanizing? Probably not within the next few hundred years. (CHARTS)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Is your city Manhattanizing? Probably not within the next few hundred years. (CHARTS)

Every successful city grows and evolves over time, but is your city Manhattanizing? For those unfamiliar with the term, Manhattanization is best described as the fear among some residents of growing cities that if population growth continues unabated, there will be no room left for anything but townhomes, apartments, and pencil-thin skyscrapers. The streets will be overrun with traffic and tourists, Wall Street will move in, balls will drop on live television, chaos will ensue. For those of us who have been to (and enjoyed) New York, this may not sound so terrifying. But for many people,...

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Do Hotel Subsidies Make Sense for Los Angeles?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Do Hotel Subsidies Make Sense for Los Angeles?

There’s more value to building hotels than just boosting tourism at the downtown convention center: The city is spending $39.2 million in foregone tax revenue to encourage Metropolis to build a hotel, but that hotel will generate $110 million more in city revenues than a similar residential tower built at the same location. Over the past decade, developers in Downtown LA have received some big tax breaks to encourage hotel construction near the city’s convention center; with the city struggling to afford many basic services like street and sidewalk repairs, some have...

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Chart: Population and Employment at Each LA Metro Station (Ranked)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Chart: Population and Employment at Each LA Metro Station (Ranked)

While performing some demographic research we came up with some estimates of population and employment within 1/2-mile of Metro rail and BRT (Orange Line) stations, and we thought it’d be fun to share with the community. The first chart shows populations and employment near each station, with stations grouped by Metro line (Expo, Gold, Red, Blue, etc.). We spotted a few interesting facts right off the bat: The Red and Purple Lines have far higher population and employment density than most other stations; the population/employment densities at the Orange Line are comparable to those...

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How Los Angeles Can Build 100,000 New Homes by 2021

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How Los Angeles Can Build 100,000 New Homes by 2021

Last week we wrote about how Los Angeles isn’t building nearly enough housing to keep prices under control. Apparently, someone’s listening. At the LA Business Council’s annual Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit this last Wednesday, Mayor Garcetti announced his goal to build 100,000 new housing units in the city by 2021, noting that the city is facing its worst affordability crisis since WWII and that we must do more to meet the growing demand for housing in the region. He identified several strategies for achieving this goal, including a stronger commitment to the...

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