A 33-story high-rise planned for the edge of Downtown LA’s Fashion District would be the highest ever built in the quickly evolving neighborhood. But activists and residents of the neighboring Skid Row area protested the project Friday, arguing that city officials should focus on housing the homeless rather than approving large-scale residential projects like this one.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, the protest took place around the proposed project site at Seventh and Maple, just blocks from the service providers and affordable housing facilities of Skid Row.
Opponents of the project pointed to recent reports indicating that Downtown’s vacancy rate has climbed to well over 10 percent. “Too many luxury units are vacant in Downtown while people sleep on the sidewalk,” wrote the Los Angeles Community Action Network, an advocacy group that has filed an appeal opposing the project.