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Good Design is For Everyone: The Evolution of Low Income Housing in Los Angeles

Alessandra Rizzotti

My father lives in subsidized housing in Massachusetts, and I've always appreciated that the state can provide him with these benefits. When I saw the Star Apartments in Downtown Los Angeles, though, I was really enamored by how they've used design to change the well-being of the formerly homeless people they house. Their on-site wellness center, medical clinic, and community areas for socializing, making art, using computers, and exercising are perfect for making life changes productively.

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  • Mike Finkel

    Most low income housing goes back to where I grew up, Mount Laurel, NJ. I had High School friends that grew up in what were basically converted chicken coops for some of the houses. They were about to shut out of even living there and Ethel Lawrence organized the Mount Laurel cases that stopped towns from excluding low-income families.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thanks for sharing another organization that's making low income housing possible. My father's home is ironically in his old kindergarten classroom. In a way it's great how the city serves itself by upcycling old buildings.