To put a human face on these rent control issues issues, Kate Clark interviewed five Pasadena and Glendale residents, whose lives have been impacted by rising rents and the struggle to hold onto affordable housing.
A ton of our present membership are seniors who are on Social Security, and if they’re hit with a rent increase, they’re homeless. It’s a lot harder to couch surf when you’re 85 years old.
David Monkawa: The downtown “Artist-in-Residence” (AIR) program seems more of PR stunt than real help. It didn’t provide a penny to artists-residents, but made it easier for developers to house artists by loosening zoning codes.
Larry Aubry: 6 of the 7 largest proposed developments in all of L.A. are luxury housing gentrification mega-projects in historic black and brown communities
Randy Shaw: In the 1970’s people began restoring rundown Victorians and Brownstones not because they suddenly read Jane Jacobs, but rather because the times brought a recognition of the virtues of preserving historic structures.
Joe Mathews: South Los Angeles is the largest working-class place left in coastal California. If it can figure out a way to remain such, it could provide a crucial model of success.
Randy Shaw: There is a near consensus that new construction must be coupled with stringent tenant protections and more subsidized housing to forestall gentrification. Krugman misses this latter point.
Mark Naison: After five years, you look around and you are a stranger where you once felt at home. None of the people who worked to bring back the neighborhood from crime and violence and disinvestment are still there
Brian Biery: Many people who live in blighted neighborhoods would love to be able to start up a new coffee shop or hair salon or shoe store, if they only had the capital to do so.
Scott Prosterman: Berkeley rents have risen between 10-30% over the past year. This is a shocking “low-ball” estimate. The past six months have left me researching rental housing options again, and I’m finding more like a 50%+ increase in that time.
Scot Nakagawa: So you grow up in the burbs, attend better schools and enjoy other advantages as a result, and then decide that now that you’re a big wage earner, you’d rather live where the poor people are and push them to the places you’re abandoning because those neighborhoods make you “nauseated.”
Rudy Acuña: Land speculation is part of the culture of the City of the Angels; it pits developers against homeowners and landlords against renters. Billions if not trillions of dollars have been made bulldozing people.
Join the Occidental Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in collaboration with the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills chapter, Highland Park Neighborhood Council, La Raza Coalition, and the ASOC Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund for our first forum of the semester on gentrification.