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EDITORIAL THE BIGGER PICTURE MORE HOUSING + LESS PARKING = LESS LIVABILITY.



THIS week, the bad news for motoring Angelenos was more than the ever-escalating price of gas. The city of Los Angeles
For the city, see Los Angeles, California.
The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad.
 announced that it's doubling parking-meter rates and increasing the hours that meters are active. Furthermore, the city is also adding meters to streets where parking used to be free.

In and of themselves, these actions are unlikely to do more than raise some grumbles about the cost of everything going up. Even at as much as $4 an hour in the most congested con·gest·ed
adj.
Affected with or characterized by congestion.


congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion.
 areas of the city, a meter is still less expensive than many private parking lots.

But what should cause more than a momentary gripe gripe
v.
To have sharp pains in the bowels.

n.
1. gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.

2. A firm hold; a grasp.
 is how these new policies relate to a ballot measure that the City Council approved last week to put on the November ballot. The initiative would end restrictions on height and the number of units allowed in publicly funded low-income and senior projects.

What that means is more people in existing neighborhoods. And where would they park?

Under normal city rules, new developments face strict parking regulations. You build 20 condos; you must have adequate parking for the cars that will come with them. But with increasing frequency, the city has been giving "density bonuses" -- which often relax parking requirements -- in order to coax Same as coaxial cable.

coax - coaxial cable
 more "affordable housing" from residential developers.

This, in fact, is the reason for the ballot measure -- to codify codify to arrange and label a system of laws.  this practice of ignoring restrictions. The council says if the city doesn't change its policies, it will lose the opportunity to spend $1.2 billion in California housing bond money that voters approved in 2006.

That may be, but the city risks losing something even more precious than money if it forges ahead with easing building restrictions while giving little thought to the consequences for its livability.

Boosting parking-meter costs and changing housing restrictions seem distinct and unrelated policies -- until you look at the bigger picture: higher costs for street parking, more cars competing for spaces, and more air pollution as drivers putter around Verb 1. putter around - move around aimlessly
potter around, putter, potter

move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
, block after block, contributing to traffic congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.

congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity.
 as they look for that ever-elusive space.

What's not to love about this?

The parking/housing density crunch is just one example of how narrow, piecemeal policy is killing Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . The city simply cannot keep growing without a vision for the bigger picture.
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