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Paul Koretz
Interim McMansion law is a fit addition for some areas
Interim McMansion law is a fit addition for some areas

Los Angeles is dotted with neighborhoods of vintage Spanish-style bungalows and modest Craftsman houses. But for the last decade, many of those homes have been razed and replaced with what their owners consider spacious contemporary homes and their neighbors deride as outsized McMansions. In 2008, the City Council passed the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance to limit the size of new houses built on lots. The goal was to maintain the character and quality of life of these neighborhoods without trampling on the rights of property owners. But the ordinance was so full of loopholes that owners have been able to build oversized houses anyway. For example, one can earn a bonus of an extra 20%...

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