By Rachel Kaufman.
Advocates for the very poor living on Los Angeles’s Skid Row said Friday they fear that a city plan to support growth in downtown L.A. will threaten thousands of people who call the area home, the LA Times reports.
Los Angeles has been updating two community plans to devise and implement a growth strategy for the city’s rapidly changing downtown. Collectively called DTLA 2040, the plans project that 125,000 people will move to the area by the year 2040; the area aims to add some 70,000 units of housing to accommodate that growth.
The Skid Row portion of the draft plan, the Times says, would rezone industrial property along three streets running east-west to allow market-rate housing, while building permanent supportive housing and space for social services on the north-south streets.
A coalition of Skid Row groups, at a press conference Friday, said that the rezoning would “open the floodgates to high-end luxury housing,” driving up rents and leading to the eviction of 4,800 people living in low-cost housing like single-room occupancies, reports the Times, and that the plans also “disregard the fate” of the 2,100 people who live on the neighborhood streets.
Calling themselves Skid Row Now and 2040, the coalition released a report asking that the city enact a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy in the neighborhood, set a no-net-loss policy to ensure that units are replaced with similarly priced options, and set fees on developers to subsidize rents for Skid Row residents, with the goal of adding 7,000 units of housing for very-low-income residents. The group also wants a vacancy tax to discourage speculation.