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Are LA neighborhoods in need of growth or preservation?

Two opposing coalitions aim to preserve LA neighborhoods with different schools of thought
  • The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is backed by the Coalition to Preserve L.A. with intentions to put a two-year hold on current spot zoning practices.
  • The similarly named Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs is fighting against the initiative, citing its hurtful impact on affordable housing stock and the homeless population.
  • The measure will be on the March 2017 ballot, includes stricter rules on environmental impact reports and aims to hold L.A. officials more accountable for growth.

P_Wei / iStock.com In Los Angeles, there's a battle between the integrity of the city's neighborhoods and the ability to grow, bring new jobs and decrease the homeless population. On one side of the ring is the Coalition to Preserve L.A. and in the other is the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods and Jobs. Despite their ironically similar names and seemingly similar intentions -- to protect Los Angeles -- the groups have two polarizing ideals. As reported by LA Weekly, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative -- which lands on the side of the Coalition to Preserve L.A. -- would put a two-year moratorium on re-zoned development and got star-studded backing from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst, Joaquin Phoenix and Chris Pine, among others, aiming to curb developments. The Initiative aims to eliminate "spot zoning," or smaller parcels of land within a larger zoning location becoming re-zoned in a way that does not align with the city's master plan. Among othe...