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Turn Oceanwide Plaza Into Public Housing

by Scott Frazier
September 25, 2021

In recent weeks, global news outlets have reported on the financial troubles of the Chinese real estate colossus Evergrande. The massive company at risk of defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of debt is the most extreme example of the troubles weighing on China’s major developers, but it is hardly alone.Many smaller firms have similarly borrowed huge sums of cash to accelerate housing growth on the Chinese mainland and abroad. In fact, Angelenos can find evidence in our own downtown skyline, where the skeleton of the three-tower Oceanwide Plaza looms like a clean-picked whale fall on the ocean floor.Oceanwide Plaza was first planned to open in September of 2018. If ever completed to its original design, the project would add a luxury hotel, 500 condos, a shopping mall, and a Disneyland-sized parking garage to the Figueroa corridor. After […]

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February 24, 2020 Episode 106

Trump comes to town, homelessness is the state’s number one priority, voting begins in LA, and the wrecking balls are about to fly at LACMA.

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January 19, 2020 Episode 101

A new set of sweeps in Echo Park and Hollywood. LA City Council abandons outreach-based encampment cleanups. Nury Martinez is sworn in as City Council President. And Metro puts forward its NextGen bus plan.

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January 13, 2020 Episode 100

Garcetti endorses Biden and a machine is activated. At least 50 people who are homeless are cleared out of Sepulveda Basin, along with several other sweeps. Garcetti and the Trump administration approach a quiet deal on homelessness. And Newsom’s budget is out, along with an endorsement of SB50, which got some changes.

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December 23, 2019 Episode 97

The Sheriff’s department opens a very invasive investigation on a movie producer-turned-activist! Weed entrepreneurs are mad about the application process for city licenses! Property owners are using a new mechanism to kick out tenants! LA and the Trump Administration plan their next moves after the Supreme Court declines to review Martin vs. Boise! And the Mayor of Inglewood gets accused of harassment and abusive conduct! Alissa, Scott and Hayes discuss these things.

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December 18, 2019 Episode 96

Scott, Alissa and Hayes talk about an LA general contractor with some recent money issues, a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the closure of LA’s board and care homes, Alissa’s list of how cities failed us this decade, plus some good news and LA’s most underrated museums.

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December 9, 2019 Episode 95

The chair of an air quality board scoffs at the Flyaway bus, the head of LAHSA steps down, Councilman John Lee goes on a tear, Trump appoints a homelessness czar who specializes in camps, and LA takes the case for arresting people who are homeless to the Supreme Court — Alissa, Scott and Hayes discuss all this and more.

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November 25, 2019 Episode 93

Scott and Hayes talk to the great JESSICA MEANEY of Investing in Place on the need and the path to building out a network of dedicated bus lanes all over the city. But first: a series of homelessness columns by Steve Lopez and a study about vacant units.

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November 18, 2019 Episode 92

Alissa, Scott and Hayes talk about the CA Dem Convention, the evolving status of street vendors, the new phase of the Marciano Union protest, the #PayUpHollywood movement, a new buck-passing anti-homelessness proposal, and the tragedy at Saugus High in Santa Clarita.

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October 21, 2019 Episode 88

A deadly week on Los Angeles’s streets — what roads should we be making car free? As AB 1482 moves toward implementation, how is the City Council protecting renters from revenge evictions? Vox publishes an article about how LA is looking to safe parking as a homelessness solution — are we really? Plus the controversy over AB 5, the victory of the LA Times Union’s bargaining team, and a controversial ballot measure.

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