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Could More Housing Come To Downtown LA And Hollywood? And Other Headlines

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An encampment of tents on in Downtown L.A. in 2020.
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It can take weeks, months even, to find the best housing fit for a newcomer in a saturated market like Los Angeles. And what about people who already live here?

LA's Housing Crisis

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This is a surprise to no one in L.A. but we have a housing crisis that continues to get worse. City officials want to aid the housing emergency by adding more units in urban areas like Downtown L.A. and Hollywood — and make 80% of them affordable. One of the biggest challenges is that land use rules, that determine where certain types of housing can be built, often get in the way.

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Earlier this week, the L.A. City Council advanced a plan to try and change that.

My colleague David Wagner wrote about the latest development in this push to add 135,000 housing units in those neighborhoods and why it is such a big deal for them to invest in this community plan. Read more from David about this blueprint for new units and how these communities might be impacted.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

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Wait! One More Thing...

A Trip To LA County's Oldest Pet Cemetery

A black and white image of the original L.A. Pet Cemetery mausoleum from 1928. The mausoleum is situated on the side of a faraway hill, with a long walkway leading up to its door. Behind it, a sign reads "L.A. Pet cemetery" in large white letters.
A vintage photo of the original L.A. Pet Cemetery Mausoleum, built in 1928. The building has since been restored, and now has a red brick exterior.
(Burton O. Burt/Works Progress Administration Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)
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Did you know that there is a peaceful resting place for beloved pets in Calabasas? It has a deep, Hollywood history, too.

Let’s hop in my yellow DeLorean lowrider coupe to 1928 when the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park was created by veterinarian Dr. Eugene Jones. He believed that pets deserved the decorum and ceremonious love that humans receive when they die. So he bought 15 acres in the valley and opened his pet cemetery. Celebrities soon followed. Many of Hollywood’s biggest icons buried their dogs, cats and other loved creatures there. One of the original MGM lions lies here, as does an alligator. It continues to operate to this day, serving L.A. and Ventura Counties.

With all that said, I think it’s safe to say that this pet cemetery is very uniquely L.A. Read more about its history: LA County's Oldest Pet Cemetery Is Part Of Hollywood's Golden Age

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