Waste not want not could be the motto for a possible reuse ordinance in Los Angeles.
Empty industrial buildings in downtown are on LA leaders’ radar as potential homes to clean tech companies, creating jobs and revitalizing the area. But bringing these buildings up to current city code would probably cost a fortune, scaring off potential investors and companies. So local business and political minds are tossing around the idea of changing city ordinances to encourage better reuse of industrial buildings of yore.
Some aspects of the ordinance changes could include reducing parking requirements around the buildings — making mass transit sound even sweeter in traffic-plagued LA.
Chelsea is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.