Blog

Los Angeles City Planning engages with community members on a variety of land use issues. In addition to hosting events and speaking at neighborhood council meetings, City Planning staff maintain a blog to share updates and insights on planning matters.

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How Los Angeles Got Serious About Housing

Our City—rich in industry and creativity—has gained the unfortunate notoriety of being a major epicenter in the California housing crisis. The fundamental reason for our crisis is the same as in most global cities: an extreme shortage of housing, which has left Angelenos to face overcrowding, punishing commutes, or, all too often, homelessness.

What is City Planning Doing to Promote Greater Equity in Planning Practices?

This June will mark two years since the Office of Racial Justice, Equity, and Transformative Planning was established with the goal of addressing the legacy of racism and segregation in Los Angeles’s past planning practices.

What is the New Zoning Code?

City Planning is modernizing Los Angeles’s Zoning Code to align with contemporary planning needs. This is the first comprehensive update to the Code since 1946 and marks a major shift from strictly Euclidean zoning—the most common form of land use regulation in the United States—to a hybrid, or modular, zoning approach. 

Aerial view of Boyle Heights zoning

Supporting its portfolio of transparent, easy-to-access services, City Planning maintains the Zone Information and Map Access System, or ZIMAS, to allow individuals to learn more about the City’s neighborhoods and assist residents and businesses in making better informed land use decisions.

What is Latino Urbanism?

Latino Urbanism is a broad term used to categorize the multiple practices by which Latinos have created and contributed to the forms, functions, and cultural landscapes of American cities.

Mayan Theater

The Mayan Theater, the Million Dollar Theater, and the Great Wall of Los Angeles are just a few of the City’s iconic historic treasures associated with Latinx artists and designers whose work includes Colonial and Pre-Colonial imagery and influences, expressing through their work the negotiation and alliances between eras, cultures, languages, a