Monthly Archives: July 2011

Efficiently Stabilizing Neighborhoods


Sometimes, stabilizing a neighborhood can be as simple as consolidating adjacent properties. This strategy utilizes land more efficiently, which can enhance common space and greatly improve the quality of the community, and is illustrated by the Long Beach Housing Development Company‘s recent acquisition of three apartment buildings in central Long Beach.

Located on a troubled street, many of the apartment buildings in this area were built in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and responded to a growing senior community. Now, however, the demographics have shifted to include families with young children, and many are living in poverty. Thus, buildings that were originally composed of small, one-bedroom apartments must now accommodate the needs of a growing community in need of larger units. This phenomenon has resulted in illegal conversions of garages into units and dining rooms into bedrooms, as well as gardens being covered in asphalt to accommodate an abundance of automobiles. The living conditions in these units are obviously substandard, but we aim to change that.
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