Changing the Way Downtown Parks

Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on why developers pass the costs of building parking structures onto neighborhoods with zoning rules that include high minimum parking requirements. Zoning rules have been used across the country to mandate parking development, and that mindset hasn’t shifted much, despite new studies suggesting…

Searching for solutions to SoCal’s housing crisis, YIMBYs say ‘yes’ to development

KPCC-FM quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on why increasing the number of housing developments at any price level is a good strategy for reducing housing costs across the market. YIMBY groups around the state, such as Abundant Housing, have registered their support for the legislation, arguing that increased housing will help…

How many votes could Hurricane Harvey cost Trump in Texas?

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffrey Jenkins of the USC Price School and colleagues on the electoral impact Hurricane Harvey may have on President Donald Trump. According to the researchers, voters will punish incumbents at the ballot box if natural disaster response is inadequate and will reward those who provide relief. “To the extent…

California weighs costs of being the center of the ‘resistance’

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why President Donald Trump may be targeting California through his policies. Nearly every action Trump takes “is a gut punch to California,” says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. “[The administration has] targeted…

There’s One Mortgage Monopoly the U.S. Government Wants to Keep

Bloomberg quoted Richard Green of the USC Price School on why a lack of greater competition among credit-score companies does not make sense. Fannie and Freddie face a year-end deadline to decide whether they’ll allow FICO rivals, such as VantageScore Solutions LLC. And frustrated by the government’s delays, lawmakers in both parties have introduced bills that…

Will development ban affect Redondo Beach market for years to come?

The Real Deal quoted Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on how moratoriums on additional development in small Los Angeles County cities can impact the larger housing market. “It’s understandable to see yourself as a small player, and think, ‘How big of an impact can this have in a county of 10 million people?,”…

The Killings Of Black Men Are More Likely To Be Labelled ‘Justifiable’

Good interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on why the justice system is more likely to consider a self-defense defense justifiable if the threat is presented by a black victim. The key legal test for determining whether a homicide was justifiable is something called the “reasonable person standard,” says Armour — in cases…

Through LAPD’S citizens academy, single mom takes another step toward her dream

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on whether the Los Angeles Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy provides an accurate representation of law enforcement and its flaws. The LAPD academies should do their best to represent not only the views of the department but also those with differing perspectives, including…