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Livable Places Closing

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Livable Places is closing. Seven years ago, our board of directors set ambitious goals for a new nonprofit organization to advocate for land use policy reform, and to develop affordable housing that demonstrated the feasibility of smart growth. Since then, Livable Places has worked on multiple policy issues and initiated two developments offering 160 homes and leveraging $60 million as we strived to build for-sale housing affordable to working people with minimal subsidy.

We began construction as speculation and frenzied demand drove up construction costs, and we started marketing homes as the turmoil in financial and real estate markets began. The credit crisis raised the requirements for buyers that we targeted, and the glut of higher priced housing lowered demand for new homes overall. The impact on the Southern California economy has been dire, and for Livable Places, the economic downturn has proved fatal.

Nonetheless, our board and staff are extremely proud of the work that Livable Places has accomplished since opening our office in 2001. Our dedicated policy staff has advocated for and won significant victories, engaged the residents of under-served communities to participate in the planning decisions affecting their communities, and conducted significant research that draws the connections among land use, transit, housing, public health, and the environment.

Making the Connections bike/walk plan!

Our Making the Connections plan for pedestrian and bicycle connections to Metro Gold Line Stations is finalized. View the key connections, bike network, landscaping, and more here.

Affordability Matters Report Released

Read Livable Places report on the state of housing construction since the 1998 Housing Element and informing Housing Element proposals underway now. Report here and here.

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