Density brings gentrification, won’t solve housing crisis

Density brings gentrification, won’t solve housing crisis

To the editor: As soon as all of the single-family houses are razed and multi-unit buildings change them, will the brand new, densified housing be inexpensive? I don’t imply “inexpensive” as in “market price” — I imply really inexpensive. (“The $1-million house is turning into the norm in L.A. That is an outrage we may have prevented,” Opinion, Aug. 14)

And who will personal this new, dense world? Householders who’ve made private investments of their group and who care what occurs to it? Or company managers?

The brand new dense buildings gentrifying my group, displacing small companies and renters dwelling in older, modest and inexpensive flats, are constructed and owned by company property flippers looking for solely to maximise their income.

Obliterating single-family houses is not going to cease rents from going up. Ending zoning is not going to forestall gentrification or displacement. Ending zoning will allow profiteering.

Jo Perry, Studio Metropolis


To the editor: Constructing small rental items in neighborhoods zoned for single-family residences is not going to decrease house costs. Nor will it enhance homeownership.

In reality, altering these neighborhoods to higher-density areas allows builders to show single-family houses into rental items, which additional reduces the provision of houses for buy, thus elevating house costs. Most individuals need houses to purchase to construct wealth, not dwell in small, costly rental items.

With 1000’s of sq. toes of empty business area and rental items, relatively than destroy single-family neighborhoods, why not put a maintain on business development and alter business zones to residential or no less than blended use?

Janet Gegan, Culver Metropolis


To the editor: I might love for anybody who advocated for higher density to supply one case examine, in the true world, not a mannequin they dreamed up, the place this works.

Singapore and Hong Kong make density inexpensive by public housing. However nowhere has market-rate, developer-driven housing in dense areas been inexpensive.

In Canada, Vancouver went all in on density, and that metropolis is as costly and unaffordable as anyplace. San Francisco is exceptionally dense relative to Los Angeles, and additionally it is very costly.

So present me the place it really works. Not in a simulation; I don’t dwell there — in the true brick-and-mortar world.

Jesse Cline, Santa Maria