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
The $20,000 House

The $20,000 House

  Rural Studio students have been perfecting a series of radically affordable, well-designed 550-square-foot houses for nearly a decade.   How do you design a comfortable home that someone living below the poverty line can afford?  Rural Studio has spent decades pondering this problem and testing prototypes.  In January, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world, building two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost just $14,000 each. Sam “Sambo” Mockbee founded Rural Studio in 1993, centered around “social justice architecture.”  Initially, architecture students would use reclaimed wood and other materials to design houses for low-income residents...Read more

Sustainable Earth Homes

  A California non-profit has made sustainable home construction easy and inexpensive!   Sustainability has grown in popularity in the last few years, encompassing virtually every industry.  Builders have long wrestled with how to best incorporate sustainable features and materials into home construction.  A non-profit based in Hesperia, California, has devoted its research to the construction of the sustainable homes designed by the California landscape. The homes designed and built by CalEarth are not only built from natural, native materials, but they also incredibly easy and inexpensive to build.  CalEarth "envisions a world in which every person in empowered to build...Read more