These L.A. Neighborhoods Are about to Change Right Before Our Eyes

Tracking plans to demolish homes, build a whole bunch of new things, and transform communities

Editor’s Note: This is from our October 2017 L.A. Real Estate issue. For the rest of the L.A. Real Estate package, check out the issue.


More than 200 applications were filed with the City of L.A.’s Planning Department in the first half of 2017 to demolish and rebuild existing residences. A look reveals which neighborhoods are being physically transformed.


Coastal Communities


They lead the pack, with more than 30 percent of total permit applications coming from Pacific Palisades and Venice, almost all seeking to replace small houses with bigger ones.


Echo Park


One of the densest projects seeks to exchange a teensy Spanish bungalow on Court Street for 54 apartments atop a two-story parking structure.


Koreatown, Hollywood, Westlake


Duplexes, historic homes, and classic apartment buildings are being demolished for densely packed rental pods. Developers recently tore down seven vintage French Normandy apartments in preparation for a 160-unit tower.


South Los Angeles

Number of new units built.

Graphic by Nicholas Rapp

The area’s seen a few proposals for apartments on commercial land. Not one application was submitted for new-home construction south of USC between Baldwin Hills and Watts.


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