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What Would Arcadia Do?

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. Let me begin my further ruminations and fulminations on the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) with a quibble, namely the failure to include in the DCP’s historical background...

UC Irvine: Long Beach Ranks No. 1 in Accessibility in SoCal—Because It’s Dense

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Photo by Brian Addison. Data and charts courtesy of UCI. This article originally ran on our sister site, Longbeachize. When it comes to contemporary development, “mixed-use” and, especially if the structure is in an urban center, “transit-oriented”...

Suburban-style Office Park at Former Bergamot Transit Village Site Moves Forward

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The Bergamot Transit Village saga is likely to end this week with a whimper as plans to turn the seven-acre site, once slated to become a mixed-use neighborhood across from the Expo Line 26th...

Don’t Look to Sacramento to Fix California’s Housing Crisis, Says New Report

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A report by California's Legislative Analyst’s Office released Wednesday lays out the limits of state power to solve California’s worsening housing crisis. The report, the most recent in a series from the nonpartisan organization analyzing...

Carter Rubin named to Santa Monica Housing Commission

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Last night the City Council named Santa Monica Next Advisory Board Member Carter Rubin to the City's Housing Commission. The Housing Commission advises the City Council and Housing Authority on issues related to the...

Santa Monica’s Sunset Park Is Mansionizing: What We Do about It Will Reveal What...

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Carter Rubin is a Santa Monica resident and serves as an advisory board member of Santa Monica Next. Carter has served as an appointed member on the Santa Monica Housing and Planning Commissions. Carter...

Eyes on the Street: The Office Park That Could Have Been a Neighborhood

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When opponents of the proposed Bergamot Transit Village project gathered signatures to overturn the City Council's approval of the mixed commercial and residential plans, they promised the developer would come back with a better...

State Legislators Put California’s Housing Crisis in the Crosshairs

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At a press conference in San Francisco Friday, state legislators announced their plans to tackle California’s growing housing crisis. As a lack of new housing construction continues to make California unaffordable for all but the...

Staff Report Shows Nearly All Development Agreements Paying Off for Santa Monica

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In order to assure the city benefits from some of the larger real estate development projects in town, the City Council negotiates development agreements (DAs) which guarantee affordable housing, traffic mitigation, money for parks, and...

Coming Up: Meet-and-Greet City Manager Rick Cole, Hack the Beach Happy Hour, Breeze Launch...

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The holiday season is just around the corner, but there’s a lot coming up between now and then. This week, the Urban Land Institute will have a meet-and-greet with Santa Monica City Manager Rick...

No-Growth “L.U.V.E.” Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

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The so-called “Land Use Voter Empowerment” (L.U.V.E.) initiative, which would require a vote on nearly every new building over two stories, has qualified to be on the November ballot, Santa Monica Next has learned. The...

Santa Monica’s Largest Affordable Housing Provider Aims to Improve Accessibility with New Website

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Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city's single-largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing, has revamped its website in the hopes of improving accessibility. "We decided to completely rebuild the Community Corp. website to ensure that...

Transit Renaissance, Economic Upturn Celebrated at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Annual Meeting

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Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the nonprofit that oversees the bayside city’s bustling “living room,” celebrated another year of well-rounded success Thursday morning at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. And with the number of jobs and homes...

Santa Monica Next’s Most Read Articles of 2015: Bike Lanes, Expo, Jobs, and Housing

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At the end of last year, we asked you to weigh in on what were some of your favorite Santa Monica Next stories of 2015. Your answers covered the gamut and included topics as diverse...

Discussing Preservation and Change in Downtown Santa Monica

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What can the last 150 years of Santa Monica’s history teach us about the next 20? A lot, city officials hope. This Saturday at 10 a.m., the city will continue its series of workshops on...
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