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Lawsuit Threatens L.A.'s Signature Transit Oriented Neighborhood Plan

An historically successful group of transit and density opponents in Los Angeles have set their sights on a plan that would add density along the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.
October 30, 2018, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A Westside nonprofit has sued the city of Los Angeles, seeking to overturn a plan that would allow the construction of up to 6,000 new apartment and condominium units within a half-mile of five Metro Expo Line stations," reports Laura J. Nelson. The Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan (technically a Specific Plan in the legal parlance of the city of Los Angeles) was approved in June 2018.

"The advocacy group Fix the City argued in a complaint filed Thursday that Los Angeles should not have approved the Expo Line density plan without first assessing and fixing West L.A.’s 'overburdened and inadequate infrastructure,'" adds Nelson.

Fix the City has a history of using the legal system to obstruct planning efforts in the city of Los Angeles, suing the city for Mobility Plan 2035 and eventually causing the city to rescind the plan and start over. Fix the City also helped successfully block the Hollywood Community Plan in 2012.

The article includes more details on what kinds of development are called for in the Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan and the grounds for Fix the City's lawsuit against the city.

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Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Los Angeles Times
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