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Controversial Housing Development Nixed in South L.A.
"The South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission has voted to reject a plan for 577 apartments near a Crenshaw Boulevard light-rail station, the latest flare-up in a debate over gentrification and the benefits of market-rate housing," reports David Zahniser.
The District Square development faced controversy from the outset, and inspired the local city councilmember to propose a new "Anti-Displacement Zone" policy for the city.
The action by the South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission effectively kills the project, according to Zahniser, but there are more large multi-family projects in the works for parcels near the District Square development site.
An attorney for the developer is quoted in the article saying the project complied with zoning regulations for the site, and thus the decision to reject the proposal could run afoul of state law. Zahniser also documents the growing political opposition to development in South L.A. as concerns about gentrification and displacement grow.