How zoning can Ruin a Neighborhood.

How can Zoning Ruin a Neighborhood?

 This is what I was think as I was driving around Long Beach doing an Appraisal. As I was driving the street it was painfully easy to see how improper zoning had destroyed what was once a nice neighborhood.

 Let me catch some of you up. Back in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s there was a boom of 4,6 and 8 unit apartments being built on lots, that previously had older single family homes or duplexes. These new apartments were typically one level of garages with two levels of apartments on top. These sprouted up all over Long Beach, but are most prevalent between Anaheim Street and PCH.

 Neighborhood density immediately grew as new tenants filled the apartments. The streets became over crowed with cars due to the lack of parking in the new apartments. Crime also increased during this time.

 Had the city had some foresight and not been so shortsighted and seeing short term revenue, they could have changed the zoning to only allow duplexes. The area could have been saved and perhaps the values would different then they are now. The city recently converted one of these into a condo in hopes that it will promote more pride and responsibility for the area.

 So, know your zoning!

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