Los Angeles’ Housing Crisis: Not the First Time

Date(s) - Mar 14, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Los Angeles Region Planning History Group Presents

Colloquium XVI

Los Angeles’ Housing Crisis: Not the First Time

Saturday, March 14

8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Huntington Library and Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, California

$50 / $25 students


On Saturday, March 14, 2020 the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group will present Colloquium XVI, which explores housing crises in Los Angeles’ past — and how they may inform our current discussions concerning housing. The heart of the colloquium will engage you in a facilitated discussion of strategies and policy recommendations for addressing the LA housing crisis both current and future.

The region’s first major housing crisis came during the Great Depression, reflecting both the rapid industrial build-up for war and the crush of returning G.I.s from World War II. Explore the root causes of the present housing crisis that go back the turn of the 20th Century. What threads, broad trends and lessons from past housing crises can we study and apply to address the present housing crisis?

  • What are the real-world impacts of the State’s past housing policies on the region?
  • How has the region balanced top down planning with local control in a world of NIMBYs and YIMBYs?
  • What’s the historic role of economics and changing consumer preferences?
  • Is building more housing supply linked to affordability?
  • What was the historic role of non-profit affordable housing developers in the region and will they survive without incentives?
  • Have past transit-oriented developments really worked in the land of the automobile?
  • What mistakes did planners make in housing policy that damaged the quality of life in this region?
  • Can we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past?

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information, visit LARPHG.