Will South L.A. Residents Be Displaced?

Damien GoodmonBreaking News, OP-EDLeave a Comment

Mr. Goodmon. Photo: LA Weekly / Kevin Scanlon
Mr. Goodmon. Photo: LA Weekly / Kevin Scanlon

[Editor’s Note: Mr. Goodmon’s South L.A. Action Forum is sponsoring a community meeting Tuesday evening, 6:30-8:30, at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90016. The Election Day goal: To fight displacement and urge a Yes vote on Measure S on March 7.] 

displacement study conducted on the impact of The Reef, a proposed development in historic South Central with 1,440 luxury housing units priced well above the level affordable to surrounding residents, made a startling finding:

The project would put 43,756 residents at a very high to moderate risk of being displaced.

That is the impact of having just one mega development with so many “market-rate” units imposed on a South L.A. community.

This is not academic for us.

And we have seen it before locally and in other parts of the country.

What we are witnessing is a form of economic violence.

No corner in South L.A. is safe.

The Reef project, the proposed 30-story Cumulus skyscraper at La Cienega/Jefferson with 1,200 luxury apartments, and the nearly 1,000 all-luxury housing element of the Crenshaw Mall redevelopment in Leimert Park all break the same zoning law so that they can be built in areas that they don’t belong: General Plan Amendments.

Measure S is one solution to stop these massive traffic-causing projects from wiping out all that we have built – -our community, our institutions, our relationships with our neighbors.

RSVP now for a critical community action forum on Tuesday about Measure S, encouraging development not displacement, and addressing some of the biggest lies said by the Downtown establishment about the measure.

On Election Day March 7, literally our neighborhood is on the ballot.

Mr. Goodmon may be contacted at info@crenshawsubway.org

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