Agenda 21 On the March in Los Angeles County

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042712-no-agenda-21-smThe idea behind Agenda 21 is to force citizens to live, work and play where government wants not where the people want.  Government, under the Agenda 21 program is moving toward giving incentives to build apartments and commercial properties near government transportation systems.  On the other hand government is creating disincentives for those wanting to live in single family homes and lives where they want, away from the center of a city.  And, this is being done by the crony capitalist of the Los Angeles Business Council as the voice of Agenda 21, the front group for government and special interests.

The utopian concept of “co-location” – placing jobs near housing has been elusive in Los Angeles, says the study’s author, Dr. Paul Habibi, Professor of Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Ziman Center for Real Estate.  Land is so costly throughout LA, says Habibi, that he sees more hope in linking “housing centers” and “job centers” through mass transit, rather than trying to keep them close together.

“My solution is really looking at the supply side of the equation and trying to maximize the developable land area where developers can now place new workforce and affordable housing units in proximity to transit centers that people can utilize to get to work,” Habibi says.

Business Summit: Linking jobs, homes and transit is key to LA’s future

by Brian Watt, KPCC,  10/18/13

The Los Angeles Business Council has just released a new report proposing solutions to the region’s transit, jobs and affordable housing challenges.

 

A home, a job, and an easy ride between the two. Los Angeles County has struggled to provide those essentials – with housing costs rising so high in the areas where jobs are located that many workers have no choice but to live far away and suffer a long commute.

The Los Angeles Business Council convened a summit at UCLA and released a comprehensive report on Friday with the aim of addressing those challenges. The report suggests that the expanding transit corridors in the county may offer the best hope to develop new housing for workers. It even creates a “Livable Community Opportunity Index”  highlighting areas near transit stations with the best potential to develop housing  that middle-income earners could afford.

The index classifies transit station areas as “hot, warm, or cool” markets for developing livable communities. The Pico station on the Metro Blue Line and the Long Beach Transit Mall top the index, but the report also points to the Van Nuys Orange Line Station and land near the Florence/La Brea station on the future Crenshaw Line as prime opportunities for development.

LA County Station Areas with Livable Community Opportunity Index Rating

The utopian concept of “co-location” – placing jobs near housing – has been elusive in Los Angeles, says the study’s author, Dr. Paul Habibi, Professor of Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Ziman Center for Real Estate. Land is so costly throughout LA, says Habibi, that he sees more hope in linking “housing centers” and “job centers” through mass transit, rather than trying to keep them close together.

“My solution is really looking at the supply side of the equation and trying to maximize the developable land area where developers can now place new workforce and affordable housing units in proximity to transit centers that people can utilize to get to work,” Habibi says.

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