Los Angeles Architects are entering a new phase of advancement and design, postwar landscape was defined largely by open spaces and low rise buildings. A few larger cities can lay claim to Los Angeles Architects recent ventures in public transit infrastructure and development. Los Angeles Architects are adapting to the rapid change, and this will surely make an impact in historic sites.
The Conservancy has been managing all changes, especially when involving Los Angeles Architects, since their founding in 1978. This speedway of change brings new challenges that are puzzling and correspond with each other. Procedures have been implemented to start proceedings, from upcoming policy decisions to even ballot measures with a potential initiative to move forward, that will have an effect on historic locations. Addressing this issue now will, hopefully, not have a major effect in the future of Los Angeles Architects.
Any decision about historic places often relate to other issues such as housing. At the epicenter of all this, is still a variety of interest by residents to maintain the character and livability of the community.
Community character can be categorized with longstanding corner stores and gathering places, or a community movie theatre. It could stem from Los Angeles Architects features, its social or cultural significance, or a combination of both. Although, sometimes hard to define, community character gives a neighborhood its contextual meaning. Though a bit early still in the stages of change, Los Angeles Architects know how to deal with fragiles in a fast paced development environment.
A Balance Between Density and Compatibility
As Los Angeles Architects are growing up in both a figurative and literal way, it faces an ever rising demand for greater density. There are a few good reasons to embrace and support density, in particular along transit lines and near employment institutes. Unlike many other cities, Los Angeles Architects can build up more easily, since there are plenty of surface parking lots and non historic low scaled commercial strip developments that can accommodate larger and taller skyscrapers. The main key to preserving community character, is to ensure compatibility between history and new development.
Ever notice a negative change in a local commercial area but can’t figure out the source, this could be because of the rapid disappearance of what is called “background buildings.” Background buildings are modest, small scale, yet noticeable structures that create the overall feel of a street or some type of neighborhood. They may not be individually significant, but as a collective, they give the community character.
Instead of such a massive razing of redevelopment, a more surgical approach is needed to integrate new development into an existing context. The Conservancy plans on spotlighting this issue through a historic preservation subcommittee of the Zoning Advisory Committee. This is being done for re:code LA, it has been a multiyear effort to rewrite the City’s outdated zoning code.
Los Angeles Architects know very well about Mansionization, although, it hasn’t been around to long, but it is an incredibly important trend that shows absolutely no signs of coming to a stop. Many prospects claim that tearing down and mansionization and building larger homes in older neighborhoods will increase density. Countless older homes have been torn down and replaced with big, out of scale new houses, adding square footage, not the initial density that they were striving for. Older neighborhoods that are rich in character are the most vulnerable to this trend due to their location and value of land.
Los Angeles Architects are taking notice of the city working on amendments to its Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) and a new Single Family Zone that hopefully will create more incentives to retain existing houses, instead of replacing them with new development. The initial passage of the BMO in 2008 was very important, today is the time to strengthen this tool and make sure it works.
Los Angeles Architects will adapt to the times, they kind of have to, to keep up with the times. The Conservancy will work non stop in advocating for planning that will allow neighborhoods to adapt without losing their character. Los Angeles Architects can reach a new level of maturity that embraces its rich heritage. As long as the right collaborations and everyone’s vision is on the same plan.
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