As we reported previously, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pro-density housing policy took a hit when the state Supreme Court ruled last month that the city could not require the kind affordable housing units it tried to attach to otherwise upscale developments like Geoff Palmer's west-of-downtown Piero II.
As a result, the citizens of Los Angeles, who were sold the concept of denser housing at already traffic-choked intersections (take a look at the kinds of vertical developments that have gone up at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue or at Wilshire and Western Avenue and wonder aloud what they've done for traffic and affordable rents), are looking at another bum deal.
City Hall promised that, in exchange for approving monstrous condo and apartment buildings in already crowded parts of town, L.A. would get some affordable housing in the process. With the court ruling, that part of the equation has been taken out, and we're left with the extra traffic, sans the affordable units.
The Downtown News states that the city could still follow the footsteps of Santa Monica, which charges a fee to developers. The money then goes to a fund that helps develop affordable housing. We'll see.