‘Land Use’ Archive

Keep Health Workers in Line March 13, 2018 No Comments

Here is an article about the misbehavior of employees at a residential-care facility.  The elderly residents are not the problem.  The sort of people who work there, however, seem to be not well-behaved.  The residents should work with the company to see that the employees turn off, or down, their loud radios as they drive […]

Two Dilemmas Urbanists and Housing Advocates have to Face March 6, 2018 No Comments

First, we often have two inconsistent objectives.  The first is good housing for all and ownership for many. The second is that home ownership should be a ‘wealth builder’ for those who achieve it.  You can’t have it both ways.  What makes home ownership a ‘wealth builder’ is a relative scarcity of land for housing. […]

If It’s Within the Law, Why Should There Be Hearings? March 16, 2017 No Comments

David Zahnizer, at the Los Angeles Times, has given us an article on the problems with the City of Los Angeles’ community plans, one of the major ones being that they are not finished yet.  This is helping to create the demand for Proposition S, which I oppose, because a lot of the buildings where […]

Manhattan Beach Tries to Find Itself February 27, 2017 No Comments

In California Development Report I recently saw a story [unfortunately inaccessible to those without an account], about Manhattan Beach and the regulations it was putting in place to define itself.  Manhattan Beach is at one and the same time a beach community, and therefore visited by all kinds of people, and an affluent suburb.  According […]

The Unbreakable Contradiction in Our View of Housing March 15, 2016 No Comments

Daniel Kay Hertz, a young urbanist from Chicago, [his website is https://danielkayhertz.com] has written the most succinct expression yet of why the whole issue of housing is a dilemma for Americans.  It got a fair bit of notice, and was reproduced in The Atlantic.  Anyway, in the article he says this: Here are two ideas that, […]

Arellano Defends the Fire Pits April 14, 2013 No Comments

Columnist Gustavo Arellano, in his inimitable way, defends the fire pits.  He even threatens to name the director of the AQMD to the ‘Scariest People’ list that he keeps, a list that I made once in previous years due to my views on marriage. Related: “Chris Epting, HB Independent Columnist, Freaks Out AQMD Officials Over […]

Tea Party Advocates Big Government? September 24, 2012 No Comments

Because the quote I want to use is from a comment on Lisa Hymas’ post at Grist.org that is way down toward the bottom, and because I mainly want to respond to that comment, I will quote it here in full: Marc 1875: What I fail to understand is why the Tea Party advocates for […]

Why Land Use is One of the First Liberties April 18, 2012 No Comments

[Note:  This post is taken from a short address I made to legislators in Sacramento on April 16, 2012.] I was first politicized by this issue perhaps 33 years ago, when an attempt was made to run the Orange County Rescue Mission out of Santa Ana by declaring it to be ‘blight.’  Well, what kind […]