Los Angeles is consideringcongestion pricing, and while the discussion is new and far fromapproval, Michael Manville ofUCLA says that is could ultimately help easydevelopment tension in Los Angeles between developers and thecommunity. Congestion is one of the central arguments against newhousing construction, and many residents argue that the city lacksthe infrastructure to support more housing. Congestion pricingcould be one way to ease traffic in some of the most traveled anddensely populated areas of Los Angeles.

“The overarching picture that often escapes people is that thereason we have a housing problem is that we don't build enoughhousing,” Manville, UCLA Luskin School of PublicAffairs associate professor of urban planning, tellsGlobeSt.com. “If you look at reason why we don't build enoughhousing, one of the most common is that people worry aboutcongestion, and they object to new development on the ground thatit will make congestion worse.”

Congestion and housing have already been linked together in thehousing debate, but Manville doesn't believe that fighting housingis the best way to battle congestion. “Because we don't fightcongestion where it occurs, which is on the road, and we fight iton public land adjacent to the road, the congestion problem feedsthe housing problem,” he says. “If you can demonstrate that you canmanage congestion, you might kick one of the legs out of theanti-housing stool and you might make it easier to deliver housingto urban areas.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.