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There is a great debate about affordable housing in the State of California and in Los Angeles, and it has manifested on the last several ballots as residents call for solutions. So far, many of the efforts to develop affordable and low-income housing have been inclusionary measures in private development projects; however, Robert Gross of Nadel Architects says that there is a public solution as well. In a conversation about the adoption of density in Los Angeles, Gross said that Los Angeles might consider a public housing model similar to one implemented in New York City to provide low-income housing to those in need.

“New York has the largest stock of low-income housing units in the country. The city built them, so they run a public housing system,” Gross, multifamily studio director at Nadel Architects, tells GlobeSt.com. “Los Angeles and California in general very rarely builds any public housing. If they build anything, they try to push it off through code, through law or through tax incentives onto the private developer to build low-income housing for the State. The city does this instead of taking it on themselves as a public problem that they are going to solve in a public manner.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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