Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Small developers play a big role in urban renewal. It was a pleasure to speak to a few of them from Los Angeles. 

How small developers are reshaping Los Angeles' neighborhood character.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: Sept 2013, The Architect's Newspaper

Heyday-designed Buzz Court is a popular small lot development in Silver Lake.
It used to be that Americans dreamed of moving to the idyllic suburbs. But cities are undergoing a major revival. Based on the Census Bureau’s estimates, from July 2011 to July 2012, cities with more than a half million residents grew faster than their suburbs. Meanwhile a 2012 residential trends report by the Environmental Protection Agency confirms that between 2000 and 2009, 21 percent of new residential construction occurred in previously developed areas.

To quote Casey Lynch, principal at Los Angeles real estate development company LocalConstruct, “Infill development is the ‘new normal’ in real estate.” With it comes the rise of small-scale development. [read more]


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