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An irritating injunction

Per Curbed, a federal judge has just issued an injunction blocking the city from confiscating the property of homeless people on Skid Row. His argument is that the city is not doing a good job of distinguishing between trash and valuable items (identification documents, medicine, etc.). On the face of it, the judge’s argument makes

Attack of the zombie street dedications

All over the city, there are zombie street dedications increasing the cost of housing. Wait… what? (You say.) A street dedication is how the city responds to old, narrow streets that don’t meet modern standards. It can’t start ripping down peoples’ buildings and taking away their front yards (well, it could, but that would require

Some misguided thinking about rents in Highland Park

Just read this interview with the president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and it’s making me kind of mad. Before I get into “why”, I want to begin by acknowledging Ms. Alcaraz’s hard work on behalf of the whole neighborhood. Running a neighborhood council is no joke; it’s hard, important, often thankless work for

One way the Fire Department raises rents in LA

Today, I want to talk about one of the unacknowledged factors driving up the cost of housing in LA: The fire code. Now, it’s obvious why we need the Fire Department to weigh in on the design of new buildings. The department is going to have to rescue the inhabitants in the event of a fire and it obviously

A rising tide of (petty) crime

We’ve managed a bunch of buildings in gentrifying areas of LA for a long time, and I can tell you with a high degree of certainty that property crime (theft, tagging, etc.) has gone up markedly over the past few years. Most recently, we have a building where cars have been broken into in the

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