Results for ‘City government’ category

Zoning and homelessness

Regular readers know homeless is a major interest / concern of mine. After all, our business model ends up raising rents and that unavoidably impacts housing affordability and, hence, homelessness. So it is with great interest that I am following the debate between LA County and Gov. Brown regarding whether or not the homeless situation

How do you make money flipping land?

For today’s post, I answered another Quora question: How do you make money flipping land? It’s not a very detailed question, but it raises some interesting issues around price volatility, holdings costs, and regulatory delays. Click here to read the whole answer. Meanwhile: I’m taking the boys up to Yosemite for the holiday weekend. Hope

How to get more affordable housing for free

Further to my last post, here’s a pretty bad idea being proposed to help with the homelessness problem in LA. To lazy to click? Basically, two council-members are proposing a ballot initiative to increase various fees paid by developers to pay for bond which would pay for $1Bn worth of housing for the homeless. Sounds like

A really interest personal essay on gang life

Regular readers know that criminality, in general, and gangs, in particular, are major interests of mine. It’s kind of unavoidable, when you manage buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods. If, like me, you’re interested in why people join gangs and how gang life has changed in LA over time, take a look at this personal essay in

Another flare-up in Boyle Heights

Am pretty sensitive to the concerns of many in Boyle Heights regarding gentrification, particularly after our whole blown-up bike tour. Still, can’t help but feel like chasing an opera company and a walking tour out of the neighborhood is conduct unbecoming of what appears to be an otherwise quite-thoughtful group of citizens. I know the

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