Results for ‘City government’ category

Unsolicited advice for owners of non-RSO buildings

Owners of non-rent stabilized apartment buildings in Los Angeles with rents below market (eg most of them) ought to be considering their options in light of the likely repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Two obvious courses of action: Sell now, while the market continues to (mistakenly, in my view) place a premium on non-RSO buildings; or Immediately

Some love for Scott Weiner

As a housing supplier, it is in my financial interest for the government to continue to block development of new housing at a scale commensurate with demand. However, as an American who loves cities, in general, and Los Angeles, in particular, I am strongly in favor of loosening restrictions on development. More housing equals lower

Very poor urban planning

Here are some pictures that drive me insane:   These are pictures, respectively, of the Vermont /Beverly, Soto/1st, and Vermont/Santa Monica Metro stops. Why do they drive me insane? As a city, we are spending billions of dollars to build out our currently-woefully-inadequate public transportation system to turn LA into a normal city. The single

Another obstacle to in-fill development

Want to give you some insight into why, exactly, its so hard for LA to add more housing. Here’s a perfect example: We own a big, R3 lot in an improving area, bordered by two alleys. This ought to be a super easy lot to develop and, indeed, we are in the process of obtaining

Surprised by the south Valley

Was looking at a deal in the Valley yesterday, was surprised by the rents, and came to a realization about apartment supply. The reason that I was surprised by the rents is that I’m used to thinking of the Valley as having considerably more supply than the city. There’s physically just a ton of land

Page 2 of 1112345...10...Last »