5 Lots Survey – Comments from the Community

Here are comments from the Community received through our 5 Lots Survey

Please Note: These are the opinions/comments submitted by those who responded to the survey.

  • Explain how more affordable will eventually drive out market rate rentals. The competition will drive the cost down for comparable units.

  • The Developer has no say in the number of affordable, supportive, senior or youth units.

  • Will the new parking be for-pay? Formerly free lots will be paid lots?

  • Drugs in Motor homes!

  • There is no transparency so I believe they are something else, market rate with one or two affordable units.

  • New residential developments, as opposed to new commercial units rarely have a negative price impact on surrounding residential units.

  • Improved bus stops — more shade, more places to sit that aren’t right on top of cars tearing by.

  • There is a fungus growing on the trees along the sidewalks which is killing the trees by leaving them dry.

  • Also, I am beginning to lose hope that our neighborhood won’t become gentrified.

  • No matter what is done about the housing, USC people will continue to buy or rent. Whether they are students or staff (USC pays for staff’s housing).

  • The community needs to help its members remain in the community by fighting the high rents and ridiculously priced houses.

  • Parking is already nonexistent in the residential areas – adding more apartments or mixed housing will increase this problem.

  • I am not comfortable with the increases in rentals in our neighborhood. I am also uncomfortable with how we are being devoured by USC development.

  • We will lose our identity when the “supposed” housing will be built neglecting our most vulnerable.

  • I usually travel by car. I also never leave my house once I get home from work because my parking spot will be taken and there seems to be less parking on the streets.

  • Having more police foot beats especially towards the night would be helpful.

  • It’s one way to mitigate current gentrification pressures.

  • Not safety issues but our infrastructure is old and not maintained: sidewalks are in disrepair, streets have potholes and inadequate lighting in places.

  • Every community must do it’s part to solve the housing crisis.

  • Well run affordable housing developments are an asset to our community. Before judging these developments, visit some.

  • Mission Plaza in Lincoln Heights is one success story.

  • There is no need or reason to fear people with mental illness, especially if they are housed and cared for.

  • For those that don’t believe that, ask yourself whether having people with mental illness un-medicated on our streets creates a safer situation.

  • I feel safe in Lincoln Heights.

  • It’s difficult to find parking because of all the new buildings.

  • My problem is because of the parking and more people and less cops.

  • We already have more homeless and they are stealing items from houses.

  • We are a community that knows each other, we don’t know what crime will happen with these new 5 housing buildings and less cops.

  • Downey park, more homeless smoking drugs, tagging on the bridge, using the grass like restroom and trash. And no cops!

  • More people in the community brings more cars, meaning more traffic & less parking for businesses and visitors.

  • 5 is too many. This area is severely economically disadvantaged.

  • The schools are crap. The infrastructure is crap. It’s not particularly safe and it’s pretty ugly.

  • Of course everyone in LA needs to pony up space to help out under-served communities, but dumping it all on a poor neighborhood that can’t fight back is ridiculous, when richer neighborhoods can NIMBY they shit out of proposals like this.

  • People get raped and murdered in Lincoln Park so that’s not exactly an attractive place to be as a single woman.

  • Homelessness. Monthly sweeps are worthless. Bring regular security and DO NOT let anybody settle on the sidewalks.

  • BID security/staff have mostly given up unless we call and call for help. You should not even consider additional housing before addressing this issue.

  • There are too many other issues in the neighborhood right now that need addressing before even considering adding more people to this neighborhood.

  • Drugs, Crime, Homelessness, CURRENT RENTAL rates. This would just be a bandaid and those who become tenants will likely abuse and destroy facilities, forcing the whole project to raise rates anyway in order to maintain and pick better residents.

  • Ave 26, Lincoln Park, Main/Valley. All very dangerous to roam at night.

  • Are you concerned that if housing is built on city lots, that more people may be parking on residential streets?

  • People will bring visitors and illegal subletters, guaranteed. GUARANTEED.

  • The area between Broadway/Main and Avenue 18/ Avenue 21 constantly gets bombarded by noise and concerts due to raves the city lets Factory 93 put on at 1756 N. Naud Street. These events make it unbearable to be in my own home. I’ve lost many weekends due to these concerts.

  • Multiple city agencies have ignored our complaints.

  • I’m against the lot projects. 5 lots is too many, and they shouldn’t be taking lots away from a business district. It seems like a bait and switch ploy.

  • Los Angeles State Historic Park closes down for events often.

  • Riding a bike on Avenue 20/San Fernando Road between Pasadena Avenue and Figueroa (to the bike path) feels unsafe. It needs to be repaved.

  • Re-pave the crappy streets.

  • I just don’t run errands in the business district anymore. It’s too much of a hassle as it is.

  • Let’s add affordable options in areas where there are absolutely none rather than cater to NIMBY protests and shove all such housing in lower-income and working class neighborhoods.

  • Street parking, this is the top of my list of concerns.

  • Unless our residential streets become restricted to permit/ residential parking, then I can’t support this project.

  • Also, doing something about the horrific firework 3 month season here that traumatizes the majority of residents. Not to mention the many animals.

  • There is crime everywhere around here, and many terrible and violent crimes. I have the Citizen app and Nextdoor that reminds me constantly how dangerous it is to live here.

  • I think just providing flyers to all addresses in English and Spanish to solicit feedback would be helpful.

  • We want to keep the history as well as provide resources for our citizens.

  • Opportunities? Doing actual outreach to the community because no one knows what you are doing.

  • Spend the money on items the community actually benefits from and not on personal groups you are attached to.

  • We know that you and the city are in bed with USC and those who are heading the LA River improvements.

  • How about outreach with the community residents and business owners instead of hiding behind a computer?

  • We are so far behind on demand. That need for housing IS what is causing the prices to skyrocket.

  • It is plainly stupid to believe that prices will remain low if there are no-need properties being developed. Anyone who believes otherwise needs to learn economics.

  • If there is only 1 said property and 10 individuals want that property, it will go to the highest bidder. To think otherwise, they are a dumb dumb.

  • It’s public knowledge that parks in the area at night are not safe. Some areas in the neighborhood are not safe.

  • Bringing homeless to the area will make Lincoln Heights into a dead zone.

  • We see an increase of motor homes, RVs, etc already. Unless the city stops playing stupid, this trend will continue.

  • I worry for my family that has to walk down Broadway to get to church and there are problematic people.

  • Clean up the area on Avenue 24, a homeless area has garbage and junk. Pedestrians cannot use that side of the street.

  • The housing addition and homeless make many areas unsafe.

  • What can normal citizens do about homeless people sleeping on sidewalks?

  • A mental health clinic is opening on Broadway, those folks are going to roam Broadway when they get out of the clinic, like they do on Marengo outside the hospital.

  • Lincoln Heights doesn’t need any more apartment buildings or condos, especially not mental facilities or urgent care.

  • There is ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING AS IT IS NOW!!!!

  • I’m against using the parking lots that are available, they are needed.

  • Secondly, I feel that this intended project will not be successful in the long run.

  • Most homeless and drug addicts don’t want to be told what to do and therefore wouldn’t stay long.

  • Families need more parks, less traffic, and safer living conditions. The streets need to be cleaned up more often.

  • Streets are very congested with traffic and littered. Parking is often an issue. We need more parking lots.

  • The more parking there is, the more people will be encouraged to drive, instead of walking or taking the bus.

  • The people who would be living there are unlikely to have cars.

  • We need housing far more than we need parking lots.

  • I take transit and walk. I do not have a driver’s license so these are my primary mobility options. I want to see more transit service, better bus shelters, more emphasis on planning for pedestrians, and traffic calming measures.

  • Low income housing and homeless housing is vague. What percentage of low income to middle income would the buildings potentially house?

  • Homeless?? Homeless families with assistance to better themselves or homeless with no restrictions and no assistance?

  • I believe keeping the community as small as possible with less congestion adds to the betterment of Lincoln Heights.

  • Businesses need the parking lots to survive. I use three of them. Two of them are always full.

  • I support the proposal because I see a need for more affordable and supportive housing in Lincoln Heights.

  • All 5 parking lots should not be imposed on one neighborhood.

  • I am against it due to the congestion created on North Broadway, the removal of parking as well as the lack of actual information about what constitutes “Supportive Housing”.

  • Concentrating all the Supportive Housing for the entire district into one 4 block area is wrong!

  • Broadway is the only shopping district between downtown and El Sereno, with a huge potential for sit down restaurants, local shopping and a historical and vibrant community.

  • What we don’t have is a proper grocery store, Lincoln Heights is a food dessert with absolutely no healthy options.

  • I believe in providing affordable housing for seniors, for those with physical disabilities, and for young (single-parent) families who can’t make it without some assistance.

  • It will impact property prices and cause crazy congestion in the Broadway shopping district.

  • I have walked past human feces and used hypodermic needles that were left near where school children have to walk.

  • In some areas sidewalk pavement is in need of repair, which makes it especially difficult for those in wheelchairs or have other ability issues such as seniors to access.

  • I don’t believe that these are built for those purposes.

  • I am against the 5 parking lots being used for housing.  I believe this will bring in an unwanted level of crime into the community. We will lose parking available for the existing shops and restaurants in the area.

  • Accommodations for persons with disabilities?

  • Homelessness is a tragic problem in Los Angeles. More and more people, including families, are being priced out of being able to afford rent, even if they are working. Seniors and at-risk youth are especially vulnerable. Supportive housing has proven successful in facilitating stability among the homeless.

  • Currently, encampments block the sidewalks in some areas (behind Smart & Final). We need to provide better options for people than sleeping in tents and toileting in the streets.

  • As long as the amount of parking that existed is replaced and additional parking is provided in the new housing structures, this shouldn’t be an issue.

  • I think it’s important to provide housing for our most vulnerable citizens so that they can be resilient as housing prices keep going up. This can prevent them from being displaced into far off exurbs and remain in their community.

  • I believe Councilman Cedillo and the City Council are lying to us regarding the housing issues.

  • These parking lots are the absolute key to the Broadway area commercial & retail business corridor.

  • How much will the taxpayers have to burden for some developer to gain access to millions of dollars in tax credit financing while the existing business that depends on commercial retail business to thrive will lose valuable parking?

  • There are enough open and underutilized spaces in our community to accommodate building supportive, and other forms of affordable housing.

  • Parking is already unobtainable in the 5 lots, aka always full. If they were to be replaced, where would the replacements be in distance to Lincoln Heights only shopping district? We need twice the amount of parking that we have plus additional parking to accommodate new/more inhabitants.

  • How we are supporting formerly incarcerated/gang members who are now targets for violence?

  • These are the groups of people most vulnerable to experiencing homelessness. Increasing access to affordable housing prevents homelessness.

  • Yes, on Broadway there have been more and more homeless people passed out on the streets or acting aggressively towards people on the street.

  • We have people experiencing homelessness right now in our community. We have many, many more at risk for homelessness – my neighbors have been forced to move far away due to rising housing costs.

  • The 5 parking lots are underutilized space. Rather than fighting them, we should be getting clear about what our community’s needs are and how these developments can contribute to stability, health, and safety for all.

  • I think the housing crisis has caused a lot of people to lose their homes, many recently homeless folks are experiencing homelessness for the first time.

  • We need to help these folks out because some of them are existing members of the community.

  • I’m against the 5 lots and believe that 5 is too many for one neighborhood. I also strongly believe taking away the city lots is going to hurt our businesses on Broadway and detour further business taking empty storefronts.

  • The littering is out of control. We have to stop the tagging.

  • I am not against the project, just want to know why we have to lose 5 parking lots in our area. Â We already don’t have enough parking.

  • I think it’s important to use space as efficiently as possible and I think converting the parking lots is a great opportunity. I would like to stress parking be replaced as this project moves through the design process to ease businesses’ concern over any parking deficiencies.

  • I also support this project because we do have a housing crisis and I really believe it’s important we give folks safe and comfortable opportunities to housing, especially to those most vulnerable to homelessness.

  • I think many in Lincoln Heights are probably at risk of becoming homeless as housing prices all around continue to rise.

  • The Council could consider creating a local ordinance limiting sale prices and prohibiting the activities of outside predatory developers / real estate flippers. This practice is creating an affordable housing shortage. 

  • The 5 lots project was rejected by the community and was forced on us by the city and Gil Cedillo. Transparency in the negotiation process was non-existent. It seems clear certain “decision makers” will receive benefit from this project either through political or financial means.

  • The neighborhood is well lit and clean.

  • I am totally against the city taking away our parking lots and dumping low income and supportive housing in Lincoln Heights. We already have a reputation for being low income. We can’t even get a Starbucks or Jamba Juice because of our demographics. Bringing in more low income will only exacerbate the problem.

  • Parking, which is essential for the Broadway business corridor, would be eliminated.

  • Sidewalks should be better maintained: repaired and cleaned.

  • I support only if the residents are also given a means to make income.

  • I can support anything that incorporates jobs/careers WITH the housing. My idea is for the person to become self sufficient and independent. Empower them to want & make life better for themselves.

  • I make a point to park really close to the store I want to visit. I do not venture anywhere where parking is not easily accessible. I do not go anywhere when it’s dark. I definitely do not walk in my neighborhood.

  • I do not think it is fair to have five homeless shelters in one neighborhood.  We need free parking on Broadway.  Homeless and mentally ill housing will scare away much needed new business and lower values on our homes.

  • I want people to have opportunities to better themselves.

  • People need places to stay, and sometimes people need to stop and think how we the community can help. I do not agree with all five being homeless shelters but at least one should help the homeless.

  • Those lots are used for parking, if taken away business will suffer, thus employees and customers of those businesses will suffer as well. That will force us to shop at other places where parking is more convenient and that will affect our local economy.

  • Yes, I support the project, while taking into consideration that some residents work really hard and spend over half of their salaries in mortgages in the area.

  • Lincoln Heights is my home, and also my investment. It’s a place that is up and coming and that many young professionals like myself can live in. I would not feel safe and don’t see that as a vision for Lincoln Heights in order to continue flourishing and thriving as a community.

  • I’d like there to be a mix of various groups for it to be a healthy community.

  • Some sidewalks don’t seem safe, either they’re dirty or there’s graffiti.

  • Public transportation, shared ride apps, and walking. I’d love for there to be more local businesses I can walk to so that 1) I support local businesses and 2) I don’t have to use any transportation services to get there.

  • I support it if the structure will be designed like an apartment and not a shelter. I am for it since several of these parking lots that I know of currently are unused.

  • Walking around the neighborhood would be nice if the streets and residential lots looked cleaner. Additional protections for bikers and bike lanes can enliven the neighborhood. Also we must remove dead street trees and replant.

  • I’m in favor BUT the city needs to build underground parking garages for businesses as well.

  • I usually drive. But lately when I take a walk I see too many homeless, more than in the past. Broadway needs more cleaning.

  • Many people have had to find affordable housing elsewhere. Everyone needs a home.

  • I’m for it because it’s needed but we also need parking, and new business.

  • (There are) an increasing number of RVs and mobile home vehicles that are setting up camp on San Fernando Road and Ave 19, blocking sidewalks and creating piles of trash and stealing everything around including wooden stakes from street trees.

  • Only our fair share relative to other districts. In other words, if we build housing for 10% of L.A.’s homeless / mentally challenged individuals, the other districts should do the same.

  • The pride of home ownership shouldn’t be denied to anyone in Lincoln Heights.

  • Yes, I use the parking lots often. They’re a fantastic way of accessing the local shops and restaurants. It would be very difficult to patronize them without sufficient public parking.

  • Bring in Metro bike share to Lincoln Heights.

  • Yes, there are already issues because of apartment dwellers with too many cars and not enough parking spots.

  • I live on Moulton Avenue and it no longer feels safe because of RVs and homeless vagrants.

  • There’s a lot of families who need a home & not stress about rent being too high.

  • Many people that live in Lincoln Heights don’t know about all this going on. Many have heard about this, but haven’t had a chance to say or vote on it. We reject this project and our voice is not being heard. STOP THIS PROJECT and hear the people that have lived in this neighborhood for years, not the people that just moved in the neighborhood. Why don’t they put the housing units on San Fernando Road, by Goodwill, there’s unused space over there?

  • Yes, I support single family housing because we need to preserve what’s already here and not on building new stacked apartments that in 2 or 3 years will change to expensive apartments.

  • We need those lots for parking, and parking is really hard in Lincoln Heights. And it’s happened before they make it low cost living, and later will change it to luxury apartments.

  • The proposed lots are the only form of parking for local businesses. Said lots are also too close to public and charter schools as well as recreational centers like libraries and parks with after school programs. Having at-risk youth, mentally ill residents, or building housing without adequate parking, is a burden on our entire community.

  • I am not against it AT ALL. I just don’t trust the implementation and planning of it. Los Angeles has a terrible track record. Developers have WAY too much influence over Council members and the City.

  • There is enough overcrowding here in Lincoln Heights and adding these so-called affordable housing units would increase that, and that is something Lincoln Heights does not need.

  • There are dead trees along the streets. USC’s taking over the neighborhood with its plans without asking for input from the community. Empty businesses on Broadway. Broadway traffic. Gentrification!!

  • Because of the increase in traffic on Broadway and Main, and on Griffin and Manitou, the morning rush is creating an increase of cars going through residential streets at high speeds.

  • Single family residences are important for communities, so I generally support their preservation, but new construction should typically be denser. Also we need to preserve shared open space.

  • There are many areas that do not feel safe for walking, especially at night.

  • I’m not particularly concerned with parking on residential streets, but I am possibly not aware of parking issues overnight near the Broadway business district. During the day, parking is usually pretty easy to find so that is one reason I would be supportive if 1 or 2 lots were converted.

  • We need the parking. I don’t trust the city, plus it is too many units to have in such a small area. The city can surely come up with better locations for this.

  • I do like single family homes, but I understand for new construction that is not feasible. However I highly dislike these new “mixed-use” buildings. I prefer apartment buildings, then commercial areas. We need more classic LA apartment buildings that people can afford. Ones that aren’t ugly either.

  • I am already concerned about the lack of parking requirements for new businesses. Our street has more random people parking on it, to go out drinking etc. It’s loud and disruptive.

  • It must be mixed income, not just low income.

  • We need more housing and all districts and neighborhoods need their fair share. Lincoln Heights already has a large share, but despite that, I support mixed income housing.

  • It helps families from homelessness. Let’s keep families together.

  • Too many non residents are trying to represent the community. Just because one owns property doesn’t mean they should speak on behalf of community members who have lived in Lincoln Heights their whole life.

  • There’s a lot being spoken about the 5 lots, but what about the art lofts and the new housing on Griffin? Those aren’t nearly affordable and often people who live in these communities seldom interact with Lincoln Heights.

  • I come from low income housing and I wish there was more of it for people like me to have a home. While I don’t have my own room in the apartment, my sister can afford to have me live there.

  • I am for the 5 lots because LA needs more housing and as a city we should support each other. We can’t continue to become oppressors of our own communities. I am low income thus I want others to have a home. I want a home too. I don’t want to move out of Lincoln Heights.

  • The bridge on Humboldt is full of trash.

  • People should be encouraged to use public transportation. Parking over housing someone shouldn’t be a conversation.

  • Reach out to the already existing mixed used housing on Ave 26 and Humboldt. There are two art lofts: one on Lacy and one on Humboldt. They should be interacting with residents who already live in such housing so that they have a better understanding.

  • I want to ensure that these affordable housing units go to people who are currently living in Lincoln Heights OR were recently displaced by gentrification. AND that all existing public parking is replaced.

  • I am for it, because housing is a human right and parking is a privilege/luxury.  Don’t get me wrong, I love convenient parking, but our city is in dire need of affordable housing.

  • The air quality is in dire need of fixing, as do most of the major streets. There also needs to be more affordable / low-income housing.

  • I support it in theory, but the LA City Council’s history of being self-serving & only helping the interests of wealthy business people makes me suspicious & distrusting of their actual use.

  • The entirety of the shops on Broadway don’t stay open past 7 pm, and the traffic makes it impossible to get anywhere on time.

  • More trees, protected bike lanes and housing so more people can have the same opportunities that others have had is essential to keep LA affordable and attractive.

  • I’m for affordable housing (I used to work for an affordable housing developer), but not all bunched up together in one area. That is the only reason I’m against 5 lots in proximity to each other to be designated for the uses listed earlier. We’ve already done that all over the US and we’ve seen how that has turned out.

  • Too many parking lots, and large streets. I don’t feel safe biking or walking on Broadway. We should take steps making room for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Most people have driveways and the housing will have parking. Hopefully, if parking is harder to find, and we provide more options for other modes of transportation, people will not have to rely on the car so much.

  • I feel that the business will have limited foot traffic and little to no parking when shopping.

  • There is enough single family housing in Lincoln Heights. Adding 5 lots to this area will increase the traffic on the streets, and increase use of our resources.

  • We all know that at-risk youth and other high risk populations have high-risk behaviors, which can cause unsafe activity. Multiply this by five lots that will house high-risk populations, and Lincoln Heights may become a meeting ground for illicit activity.

  • Walking down North Broadway toward Chinatown, there is often police activity in the vicinity of Ave 20 and N. Broadway.

  • Don’t tear down acceptable existing housing.

  • Safety at night is an issue. In the industrial area of Lincoln Heights where there are condos, there are no community services, like markets.

  • Efficient and safe parking is Essential.

  • I live along San Fernando Road, east of Pasadena Ave. There are too many people living along the sidewalks. It feels like an intrusion to walk through the space they are inhabiting.  We need more housing.

  • My experience would improve with more mass transit access – the streets to walk in order for me to take mass transit are not clean or pleasant and also not well traveled by foot.

  • Residents should not have to rely on street parking. Street parking availability is necessary for patrons to the community businesses in order for the community to thrive.

  • The increase of homelessness is worsening in LA and many of those people are old folks who have been displaced by the younger crowd of people that the city of LA is trying to cater to. I know we are worried of Lincoln Heights becoming overpopulated or lack of parking, but our community really needs it.

  • I would however be very particular in who is allowed to live in these homes so that it really goes to people who need it the most. And the city should also include programs where those folks are helped through children programs or financial literacy classes etc.

  • Again, if not us, who? We need space for folks who need the support of the city but it must not just stop there. There must be follow up and hold the city accountable for the empowerment of these folks. We need programs that will help them through these tough times. Maybe this can mean providing income to folks for only a couple of years. Then they can find better jobs, allow them to have some stability, and also make room in the future for other folks as well.

  • I think that single family units are still our best solution because it is always better for the children living in these homes. Having a space where they don’t feel suffocated and free versus apartments.

  • However, I also know that apartments help more folks with low income housing. The preservation of single family homes does not mean we cannot have some apartments. Though as long as no single family homes are demolished. Also, if these apartments are made, they should be constructed in away that are not so tight knit, they should feel comfortable and beautiful for the folks to live in.

  • Lincoln Heights has been growing in the past 8 years due to the low rents relative to other cities and a decrease in crime. It is already hard to find parking and come to work with all the traffic that you see on Broadway now.

  • I think we need affordable housing for our community. If we can hold the city accountable for the people that will be housed by not just building some buildings and forgetting about them, but also providing some form of support through programs. Then I believe it would be a good idea to try this out.

  • Lincoln Park and the 99 Cents store parking lot has become quite scary for me as a young woman. This is kind of due to the homeless folks around the area. This has been very recent though and I hope we can come together to fix our homeless issue in LH, and hopefully in LA.

  • An issue that personally affects me is the shortage of street parking.  Some residents occupy more than one space at a time thus reducing the limited spaces available to the rest of the public. Also, there is the problem of personal vehicles that stay parked for days at a time because they are being used for commercial purposes (junk haulers).

  • Some parking lots are close to commercial areas and turning them into homeless encampments will make the area dangerous and unhygienic.

  • People in the neighborhood should be given priority if they fulfill requirements.

  • I am interested in living in a diverse neighborhood that has a vibrant commercial district and that preserves the historic Latinx, Asian and artist communities. This is still an authentic and organically grown neighborhood, one of the few left.

  • At least some of the lots should be larger multifamily buildings with below-ground parking and including some public spaces. No reason why all the parking needs to move to side streets.

  • I am against it because parking lots are valuable real estate to support business development on Broadway, which can bring more money to LH, improve safety and serve diverse interests.

  • I have no issues with the fact that the city needs housing but it must be spread geographically. Necessary social support must exist, or be concurrently created in those areas.

  • Needing more housing does not mean that people everywhere need to be living on top of each other.

  • I don’t know how many units this project intends to create, but there must be realistic consideration for the capacity of population increase in Lincoln Heights.