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'Anti-Displacement Zones' Proposed in L.A. Following Development Controversy

As more development investment focus on historically black neighborhoods in Los Angeles, local politicians are searching for policies that can protect current residents from displacement.
September 23, 2019, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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A rendering for the controversial District Square development

Herb Wesson, president of the Los Angeles City Council, wants to counter large market rate developments in parts of the city by establishing "anti-displacement zones," reports David Zahniser.

Wesson is pushing for the proposal as a result of the controversy over a 577-unit housing development, called District Square, proposed in South Los Angeles. Zahniser reported in detail on the project earlier in the week.

"How an anti-displacement zone would work, and how long it would take to craft such a measure, is far from clear," according to Zahniser. "Wesson spokesman Ed Johnson said the proposal would 'in all likelihood' cover the entire city, but that his boss first wants to consult his colleagues. Johnson said Wesson is still trying to determine what projects would trigger the creation of such zones."

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Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles Times
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