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Preservation Leadership Forum | L.A.’s Older Neighborhoods Get Relief from Development Pressure


“In late March of this year the Los Angeles City Council adopted two Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) intended to provide a cooling off period for neighborhoods under assault by out-of-scale single-family residential development.

“Los Angeles’ economy and real estate market has fully recovered, and we are once again seeing intense development pressures on older and historic neighborhoods. This is a problem, as these neighborhoods help define the city, and each has its own very distinct physical identity that is important to retain and celebrate.

“While the character of a neighborhood is not always easily defined, it is often made up of a collection of buildings, architectural styles, and a similar scale and massing that, when combined, work together to help impart a specific look and feel of a place. What we have learned, however, is that community character is particularly fragile and can be easily damaged or destroyed. Los Angeles neighborhoods have a long history of experiencing trends such as maxing out on a home’s square footage, expanding a home ‘up and out,’ filling in any open space on the lot, and of course, tearing the home down altogether.”

Read the entire post at the Preservation Leadership Forum blog:  L.A.’s Older Neighborhoods Get Relief from Development Pressure

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