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Comageddon and after


Not yet in letterbox.


While local media fell over each other to own Comageddon (a non-event this blog robustly ignored), it was in fact quite an informative weekend for people who puzzle about California and its problematic density, development, and growth. Hopefully, many had a chance to read some of theise pieces while they were spending some time at home avoiding whatever it was (horrific urban planning? absurd density?) that was supposed to annihilate their weekends but likely only made them richer.

Our exposé on "The way things work in Sunland Tujunga" explored the way a small handful of local merchants have co-opted key neighborhood organizations in a bedroom community of 60,000 for the sake of revisiting the community's commercial strip. This is an ongoing story we'll continue to work in upcoming weeks.

The Downtown News gave a little background on the coming redevelopment of the key acreage around Union Station. Supervisor Gloria Molina may have different ideas than the MTA regarding what gets built there.

We also caught a badly-neglected press release issued by the Mayor's office last week, calling for the city's services to become even more of a developer doormat than it has been previously, setting up a concierge team to usher in any and all development in the name of construction jobs.

[And how much of a developer doormat has the Planning Department been previously? See Goodbye Gail, Saturday Evening Post, Gail Goldberg--developer-doormat optimist, Our New Evelyn Mulray, and the 2008 classic Lost! Special Edition: Gail "GPS" Goldberg.]

Then there was this developer-friendly piece at the former fishwrap of record about how apartments have somehow become the favored residential development around town. They will become the favored development every time City Planning Department allows more residential density via zoning. The City's owner-occupied-to-rental ratio is 60-38 renters, but the City keeps permitting--and encouraging--more rentals.

And finally, we featured an intensive study of the way it works in San Francisco, where the greening of the Bay has often come at the expense of the people of color who live in the redevelopment zones.