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Here are all the areas in the city of L.A. still zoned only for Single-Family Homes

In a study conducted by the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley last year, researchers found that “78% of residential land in the Greater Los Angeles region and 74% in the city of Los Angeles itself was zoned exclusively for single-family homes, prohibiting apartment buildings and other multifamily developments.”

Image/Map/Data is courtesy of the Othering & Belonging Institute of UC Berkeley, California.

Additionally: “Consistent with prior research, which we summarized in our report, we found a disturbing relationship between the degree of single-family zoning, racial demographics, and racial segregation. In particular, we found that restrictive zoning had a strong exclusionary effect. We found, for example, that municipalities with the highest percentage of single-family-only zoned residential areas had the highest percentage of white residents and the lowest percentage of Black and Latino residents. We also found that the highest observed levels of racial residential segregation occurred in the communities with the highest proportion of single-family zoning.”

Find and download the full report here.



A few weeks ago, Ali Rachel Pearl and I went to the grand opening of a new housing project in our neighborhood, the Avenida. Last week, on August 4th, we had a conversation in the recording studio at the Robinson Space where we reflected on this specific housing project. More specifically we discussed what, exactly, constitutes a home or a community when it comes to housing those most in need in our city. To subscribe to Making a Neighborhood, please visit our Substack page here. And if you’re not subscribed to J.T. the L.A. Storyteller Podcast yet, it’s about that time, Los Angeles.



In this recap episode, we discuss our hard-hat walking tour with Minako Ferrante of the Little Tokyo Service Center this past week. In particular, we discuss five questions pedestrians in and around the Vermont/Santa Monica corridor in East Hollywood might be interested in, including whether the project contributes to gentrification, the funding for the development, the number of housing units for people experiencing homelessness, and of course, when applications open up for those who qualify.

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