Frogtown Fights Gentrification

Frogtown Fights Gentrification

  Residents of Elysian Valley in Los Angeles are campaigning against developers who they say are changing the landscape of the community.   Elysian Valley, also known as “frogtown,” is a neighborhood of over 7,700 residents in Central Los Angeles.  With the announcement of the $1 billion restoration project for the Los Angeles River, many residents felt the pressure of new investment and development in the community, causing them to organize for lower density. Activists are renewing the drive for neighborhood preservation with the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, a ballot measure that fights overdevelopment and it’s dramatic negative effects.  The citizen...Read more
The LUVE Initiative Will Hit The Ballot This November

The LUVE Initiative Will Hit The Ballot This November

  Santa Monica residents will be voting on the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative in the next election that would place severe restrictions on new development projects.   Santa Monica is well known for its opposition to tall, dense buildings and rapid growth.  SaMo councilmembers have a strong reign on development in the area – commercial, residential, and otherwise.  But a new ballot measure proposed by the extreme no-growth group Residocracy has even the most conservative councilmembers concerned. The Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative proposed by Residocracy would require almost all projects taller than 32 feet to be...Read more