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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mayor Sam's Free "Free Market" Lessons

Free "Free Market" lesson for all the lovely readers of Mayor Sam: In America, you can work hard and earn the money for the home you want to live in. If you want something with lots of space and you're willing to pay for it, it's yours. Unfortunately some of your neighbors may not agree and are throwing around terms like "mansionization" and "McMansions." Now you might just do something really dumb and spend your hard earned money on a really ugly big house, but hey, it's your money.

Free "Free Market" lesson number two for the pueblos: Big bogeymen coming to Los Feliz and Leimert Park upgrading properties and raising rents. In primarily African-American Leimert Park, racism rears it's ugly head because - gasp - upwardly mobile Caucasians and Hispanics are taking the place of middle class blacks who moved to the suburbs. Over in Los Feliz Satanic, I mean "corporate" interests are raising rents on the ever successful businesses there, well, uh, because they can. Why can they? More people are interested in starting businesses in Los Feliz than space is available for.

In the old days, these were good things.

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Blogger Andrew said:

Since we have a first amendment guaranteeing free speech, many of us will exercise our constitutional rights and call ugly homes whatever they deserve. Any private property owner can build in any style he likes, and he may not be inhibited by context or taste or cost. But he may not find that he is immune from words criticizing his construction.

The controversy about the upgrading of property values and the lowering of crime in a formerly rundown and declining area is amusing. Imagine if your broken down house were suddenly worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars more? Would you call it exploitation or a lucky break?

May 07, 2007 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Walls Come Tumbling Down" by The Style Council, brought forth a call from an Apple watcher who said Steve Jobs recently lost a major court appeal to tear down his Woodside, Calif., manse. Jobs has been battling a historic preservation society, Uphold Our Heritage, for years for the right to tear down the Jackling House, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home built in 1926, which he bought in 1984. Jobs has wanted to build a new home on the property but has been consistently blocked by the group. The pal told the Furry One to check out friendsofthejacklinghouse.org for more details.

Apparently Jobs, a very rich man, didnt have enough money to buy the Planning Department or the Mayor

He should have been in LA

May 07, 2007 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I once traveled to the year 2048. There the LA Conservancy is battling to save LA's classic early 21st century McMansions from the cottage compound craze.

May 08, 2007 1:07 AM  

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