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Thus Facebooketh Jan Perry:

just joined Eli Broad, Mayor Villaraigosa, CRA Commissioner Kenneth Fern, and Architect Liz Diller to help unveil the renderings for the new Broad Museum--The Broad--which is being developed at 2nd and Grand. The museum will create over 1300 construction jobs, 100 permanent jobs, and attract over 200,000 visitor annually, generating significant tax revenues from tourism. The renderings are truly spectacular!

To which we say whoopee. What if Broad in his dotage took his jack and built market-meeting affordable housing? Or what if he, say, flipped two thousand homes in Sylmar? Wouldn't it accomplish even more?

After making his fortune by building housing just barely unaffordable enough for suburbanites, not where it was needed but precisely where it was not, obliging the folks here in LA to drive all the way to Irvine, Covina and Newhall until they qualified, hopelessly tangling not only the city but the region as well--wouldn't building some truly affordable housing be a fair expectation of billionaire developer at twilight?

And think of it: a museum--to wit, a warehouse--justified by its economic heat! Why doesn't he just build a hospital, then?

Is this the best you can do, Jan Perry?

Exit question: how the hell did Fern make the cut?