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New York and Los AngelesThe Uncertain Future$
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David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778386.001.0001

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Planning Los Angeles

Planning Los Angeles

The Changing Politics of Neighborhood and Downtown Development

(p.385) Chapter 14 Planning Los Angeles
New York and Los Angeles

Andrew Deener

Steven P. Erie

Vladimir Kogan

Forrest Stuart

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys the political, institutional, and economic evolution that has accompanied the dramatic changes in Los Angeles planning and development policy over the past two decades, both in the neighborhood periphery and the downtown core. The creation of neighborhood councils (NCs) in 2000 as part of a new voter-approved city charter provided an institutional mechanism for local groups to participate in shaping their communities. Although NCs received few formal powers and were designed primarily to serve in an advisory capacity, the councils came to serve as effective institutional focal points and “fire alarms” for mobilizing constituencies that opposed continued of development in their neighborhoods. The chapter examines the Venice NC experience in the historical context of shifting battles between local groups with different visions of community, development, and public space. It looks at the Downtown Renaissance and megaprojects in the context of the changing politics and institutions of L.A. planning and development. It also considers the use of the police power in the arsenal of pro-growth public policies.

Keywords:   city planning, urban development, neighborhood councils, community development, Venice, police power, public policy

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