Score one for density

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Today we learned that the mayor over-ruled his own planning commissioners to approve a high-rise building in K-Town.

Here’s the money-quote from the LA Times explaining the opposition to the project:

“Such a huge project would be ‘wildly inappropriate’ for the location, said Commissioner Maria Cabildo, an affordable housing developer. “I’m probably one of the biggest advocates on this commission for housing — market rate and affordable — and I just cannot in any way feel good about this project,” she said during the hearing.”

Here’s a picture of the block in question:

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Here’s a map showing it’s proximity to the metro:

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In case you don’t know K-Town, that’s a ~10 minute walk to either station.

You can’t be pro-housing and block a huge project in this neighborhood. If we’re not going to build densely in an area like this, where are we going to?

Bravo, Mayor Garcetti!

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