Glendale and Santa Monica may seem like an unlikely pair, but the two cities on opposite sides of Los Angeles actually make a strong case study for urban growth and city planning. The two cities are similar in size and policy, but they also benefit differently from proximity to Los Angeles.

“The two cities have somewhat similar-sized downtowns, both with a pro-housing zoning policy for the downtown area,” Alan Loomis, principal of urban design at PlaceWorks, tells about the similarities between the two cities. “So residential development within the two downtowns is reasonably similar in scale and density. Both cities are experiencing significant housing demand and struggling to meet production expectations—although both cities maintain a good track record of sponsoring affordable housing developments. The commercial corridors that radiate from the respective downtowns are likewise relatively similar in scale, function and development patterns. So the basic urban pattern and overall development strategy between the two cities is actually quite comparable.”

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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 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.

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