Sandy Mazza brings us this story on the future of the Wild Goose topless bar not far from the airport in Los Angeles. The bar, along with a number of houses on the same block, all owned by Larry Kroeze, will be torn down to build five-story, mixed use buildings near a bus depot. There will be 393 units in all in the development, both condos and apartments, as well as shops and a small grocer. The neighborhood is offering some opposition, not because they will be losing a strip club, but because the fact that this is a transit-oriented development will mean that the parking requirements will be lower, and they are worried about having to share parking with the new residents. Although LA lacks a truly effective transit system and really needs to get some light rail if they wish to encourage a lot of transit-oriented development, I think this is a step in the right direction. They are taking something bad out of a neighborhood and replacing it with something good.
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