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Los Angeles: De-densify or Die!

December 27, 2017

By Richard Lee Abrams : CityWatchLA – excerpt

CORRUPTION WATCH-The handwriting has been scribbled all over the walls for more than a decade – densification is killing Los Angeles. In fact, logic tells us that we have passed the point of no return, but who doesn’t hold out hope for the Hail Mary Pass for the winning touchdown?

The laws of economics are slow acting, but when a critical mass of people realize what has happened, then we have a crash. The groundwork for the Crash of 2008 began in 1999 with the repeal of Glass-Steagall Act. U.S. Senator Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) warned us about the coming disaster and it arrived eight years later just about on schedule.

After 2008, Los Angeles has sustained a series of economic disasters but we ignore them. The City was extremely slow to recover from the Crash, while our housing costs rose dramatically faster than wages increased…

Density is Evil

When it comes to city planning for a mature urban area, density is a secular evil. It leads to more deaths, poverty, the destruction of people’s homes and homelessness, resulting in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1% from everyone else. Traffic congestion becomes worse since density always brings more cars into close spaces…

Making quality of life the most important factor in city planning is better for everyone – except for the developers and their politicos……(more)

mass transit is not to serve the people; rather, people exist to benefit mass transit

Is this an accurate picture of life in Los Angeles? Is the city on the edge of a downward spiral as residents revolt against the high rents and crowded living conditions that many attribute to the rise in homelessness and crime? Are people starting to leave in search of a slower, less hectic more balanced lifestyle?



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