Report Advocates Housing Development Along L.A. River

Apr 24, 2015

If Los Angeles aims to add more housing, it should look at the neighborhoods lining its long-maligned river to do it.

That’s the thrust of a new report out Friday from an influential local business group, highlighting development opportunities in neighborhoods along the Los Angeles River.

The city could make a big dent in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of adding 100,000 housing units by 2021 if it streamlines permitting and creates incentive zones in places along the river, said the report from the Los Angeles Business Council.

The report comes in the wake of a billion-dollar plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revamp 11 miles of the L.A. River north of downtown, and amid growing efforts to reclaim other sections of the concrete trench with bike paths, nature trails and more.

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