The War Over McMansions

Patt Morrison asks, what if everybody owned a McMansion?

"In Los Angeles, we're still fighting our zoning battles on paper. So far...Los Angeles' equivalent war is over McMansions, the lotline-to-lotline monstrosities that can turn a green, airy neighborhood into a street as solid, massive and unfriendly-looking as the Raiders' offensive line...Just how often do people complain that "L.A. has no neighborhoods"? Probably as often as other people set about trying to screw up the ones it does have...The McMansion wars pit neighborhoods against builders, and sometimes family versus family."

Full Story: Patt Morrison: Cramming L.A. With McMansions


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