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The planning of more than 800,000 new homes over the next eight years in Los Angeles County provides an unprecedented opportunity to direct housing toward high-opportunity communities while strengthening protections for those most vulnerable to displacement. On April 9, the morning-long UCLA Luskin Summit event — Homes for All: Building Coalitions for Equitable Planning in L.A. County — will delve into the lessons that can be learned from coalitions in places such as Seattle, Minneapolis, the East Bay and elsewhere that have achieved political and legislative wins.

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Researchers have long known that building new market-rate housing helps stabilize housing prices at the metro area level, but until recently it hasn’t been possible to empirically determine their impact on buildings in their immediate vicinity. In this new publication, Lewis Center authors reviewed six recent working papers that looked into the issue: Five find that market-rate housing makes nearby housing more affordable across the income distribution of rental units, and one finds mixed results.

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March 22 :: Part I: Challenges Facing Public Transit Before, During, and After COVID-19
Lewis Center affiliated scholars Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Brian Taylor, along with other experts, will review the challenges facing public transit operators leading up to and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in ridership, deepening fiscal issues, and growing social challenges related to homelessness, sexual harassment, and safety. 

March 24 :: Key Considerations for Public Transit Moving Forward
Lewis Center director Evelyn Blumenberg and affiliated scholar Michael Manville join a panel that will share key considerations for the recovery of public transit and for achieving the state’s broader vision for more sustainable, equitable, and cost-effective transportation.


May 7 :: Guaranteed Income and Paths to Prosperity
Economic relief to individuals is playing a major role in helping people in LA make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemic-related cash supports are drawing attention to the role that guaranteed income programs can play in helping individuals get out of poverty.
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