Dick Platkin: The urban growth machine’s heyday was post WWII America, when it comfortably relied on federal urban renewal and interstate highway programs to deliver in-fill development sites.
Dick Platkin: If the climate initiatives championed by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and by Councilmember Paul Koretz are serious, and not just anti-Trump media campaigns, then these politicians need to become leading advocates for dipping deep into LA’s municipal budget to address climate change.
The Platform is a strong and comprehensive statement for social, racial, political, and economic justice. We would very much like to live in the society it describes.
Dick Platkin: LA’s City Hall is rife with proposals, some already implemented, to circumvent CEQA, even though LA has the worst traffic congestion and worst air pollution in the entire country.
or decades, Los Angeles has suffered from out-of-scale, unwanted development that violates the city’s zoning code and adopted plans. Much of it is permitted by “spot zoning,” which exempts specific properties and projects from prevailing regulations. City residents have long been frustrated by what they see as the undue influence of developers whose campaign contributions […]
Dick Platkin: Mansionization eliminates affordable single-family neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The speculators target smaller, affordable houses and replace them with McMansions that are, on average, three times the size and price.
Dick Platkin: Mayor Garcetti’s pLAn, like Mayor Villaraigosa’s Green LA, is nothing more than an Executive action, without any formal, legislative component. It includes a plan-like document and a Mayoral directive to City Departments, along with a public relations outreach program.