“It’s first useful to remember that controversies about zoning are as old as zoning itself,” says C.J. Gabbe. “It’s first useful to remember that controversies about zoning are as old as zoning itself,” says C.J. Gabbe.

LOS ANGELES—There is a great debate is Los Angeles right now about the best path to growth and greater density. With several pieces of legislation up for vote on one side and developers looking to navigate an outdated masterplan on the other. According to new research from the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, upzoning may be unfairly stigmatized, and actually is a good path to accommodate the massive growth expected in the city—approximately 300,000 people expected to move to Los Angeles in the next several decades.

The school “quantitatively examine[d] where and to what extent Los Angeles has already been changing permissible density of its parcels and neighborhoods, finding that upzoning is “much more rare than indicated by the alarm sounded by anti-density advocates. It also shows that upzoning tends to occur in neighborhoods with smaller shares of single-family homeowners, suggesting that political opposition to density has effectively directed the City’s growth.”

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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.

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