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Why the 'Neighborhood Integrity Initiative' would worsen L.A.'s affordability crisis

Why the 'Neighborhood Integrity Initiative' would worsen L.A.'s affordability crisis

Most Angelenos abhor the “I've got mine” strain of exclusionary politics represented by Donald Trump, a presidential candidate who stokes fear by claiming that outsiders threaten the integrity of American communities. Yet they're being asked to support a variation on that kind of conservatism here in Los Angeles.

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative would severely limit new residential developments.

In advertising the initiative last week, its well-financed backers, who intend to qualify it for the March 2017 ballot, appropriated the language of social justice. But its provisions leave little doubt that their effect would be to thwart urban growth, not to help the...

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