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What Does 2016 Hold for Santa Monica?

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Inspired by our friends at Los Angeles Streetsblog, who recently previewed the upcoming big livable streets events for 2016, we thought we’d take a look forward at Santa Monica’s future. At least to those...

What is the Downtown Community Plan and Why Does It Matter?

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City officials released late last week an updated version of the plan, four years in the making, that will shape the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown for the next two decades. Now, city officials...

SaMo Planning Commission Considers 64-Unit Mixed-User with Robust Community Benefits Package

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Another moderate-sized mixed-use housing project is wending its way through Santa Monica's development agreement (DA) process this week, stopping at the Planning Commission on Wednesday for consideration. The 64-unit (six-story) apartment building with ground floor...

Downzoning Won’t Save Your Neighborhood, But Smart Growth Just Might

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Just south of the intersection of Pico and 28th Street sits a small apartment complex. There are four bungalows stretching back from the street, lined up side by side. On a Friday afternoon in late...

Governor’s Budget Revision: Nothing New for Transportation

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This article originally ran on Streetsblog California. Governor Brown issued his May revision of the state budget proposal, and in terms of transportation, it’s pretty much the same story we told in January. That is, he...

Weekend Highlight : New Urbanism Film Festival’s Westside TOD Tour

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This Sunday, the New Urbanism Film Festival is sponsoring a unique and fun tour of new and proposed Transit Oriented Development along the Expo Line between the Culver City Station to Downtown Santa Monica.  Learn...

Draft Master Plan for West L.A. Veterans Administration Housing Up for Discussion Wednesday

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The West L.A. Veterans Administration (VA) campus is planning for a major overhaul to provide much needed supportive housing for veterans. Officials want your input in shaping the plans. Officials will hold a public meeting...

Santa Monica Assemblymember’s Ellis Act Reforms Advance in Sacramento

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Via press release from the Office of Assemblymember Bloom : Ellis Act Legislation Passes Out of Second Policy Committee SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) bill to protect California tenants from eviction passed out of its...

Community Voices: YIMBYism and the Cruel Irony of Metropolitan History

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The following originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A. It is by David Levitus. Levitus earned his Ph.D. at USC with a focus on the history of cities, policy, and politics in the United States. At NYU, he majored...

Coming Up: Santa Monica Museum of Art Visits Frogtown, Koolhaas Project Public Meeting, and...

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art will head east to talk about the L.A. River, Rem Koolhaas' Plaza at Santa Monica project will get another round of public discussion, and OK Go will play...

Downtown Santa Monica Ain’t Broke

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This piece originally ran on Healthy City Local. There are good ideas in the Downtown Community Plan (DCP): ideas about the role of Santa Monica’s downtown, about nurturing community in “our town” with more and better...

City Updates “Granny Flat” Regulations. New Rules for ADU’s Could Start As Soon as...

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Via Press Release: At its meeting on Tuesday, May 22, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance to amend the City’s Zoning Ordinance regarding standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is a...

Can We Cool It with the Ballot Box Planning Measures Already?

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Last night, Los Angeles voters soundly beat Measure S, a poorly-conceived and draconian attempt to control the city’s planning process at the ballot box. The defeat of Measure S comes only a few months...
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How to find the rent-controlled apartment of your dreams

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Republished September 13, 2022 To our great happiness we learned that our explainer on how to find a rent controlled apartment remains a frequently-visited page even during the pause in Next's publication. To help aspiring...

Bogus Study Claims Inflated Prices for Average Santa Monica Rents

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A recent post at a website called Apartment Guide has caught a bit of attention on the Westside after it named Santa Monica the most expensive place to rent in the country. Apartment Guide made...
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