Inside the Redevelopment Transforming Watts in Los Angeles (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles)

Date Published: 
December 4th, 2023

From the Urban Land Institute:

The Jordan Downs affordable housing project is the centerpiece of several community-serving revitalization projects emerging in Watts.

Community revitalization is an undeniably long and complex process. With so many challenges, redevelopment projects in underinvested communities often fail to gain momentum—but the Jordan Downs Redevelopment plan in Watts, an enclave of Los Angeles, California, is a model for how to get it right. The decades-long project is starting to take shape, and it could serve as a model for how other cities could pursue large-scale redevelopments.

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) led the initiative to redevelop Jordan Downs, a 21-acre (8.5 ha) site, into more than 1,700 units of affordable housing, 115,000 square feet (10,683.9 sq m) of retail and 45,000 square feet (4,180 sq m) of ground-floor commercial space. At the Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Forum during the Fall 2023 Meeting, community leaders and project stakeholders discussed the success at Jordan Downs and other projects transforming the community.

Read ULI's article "Inside the Redevelopment Transforming Watts in Los Angeles," featuring the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

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