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Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. She last reported for and co-hosted the evening news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she wrote for dailies in Maine and Massachusetts. Assignments have taken her to Central America’s largest dump, a coastal Mississippi town recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the US-Canada border, which American seniors were crossing to buy cheaper prescription drugs. She grew up in Maryland and Taiwan.

Stories by Josie Huang

LA County homelessness up 6 percent over last year

Homelessness rose by 35 percent in the San Fernando Valley, when most other areas saw slight increases or even decreases.

City of LA floats proposal to tackle mansionization epidemic

Across Los Angeles, homes are being torn down and replaced with bigger houses, called "McMansions" by some.

Sorry, McMansion fans. You can't have it your way

Complaints about outsized homes have been growing so the city may scale back or eliminate provisions that can lead to outsize homes.

Boomers are staying in their homes longer, and that’s not good for SoCal real estate

Realtors say that Baby Boomers' decision to stay longer in their homes is having a major impact on the entire housing market

Baby boomers hold tight to their homes

More baby boomers are staying in their homes instead of moving to condos or apartments — and that's making SoCal's housing shortage worse.

LA kids grow up more segregated than their parents

A new study looked at 100 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, and found that more parents are moving so their kids can attend the best schools.

A sign of gentrification: The vanishing LA laundromat

Lucy's Laundromat in Echo Park is the latest coin-operated laundry to close in the face of redevelopment. Residents say family-owned businesses are disappearing.

LA housing officials float plans to discourage evictions

Housing officials say evictions under the state's Ellis Act law are displacing hundreds of people in one of the country's toughest housing markets.

Look out, Panda Express. Here comes Ming Tsai

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai plans to open a new Asian fast-casual chain nationwide. "I’m going to do a better Panda Express, I hope," he said.

Los Angeles plans crackdown on Airbnb — and its hosts

The vacation-rental web giant and its hosts could be fined for failing to share information with the city and renting out property for more than 90 days a year.

Mayor's answer to high rents: Keep building, but smarter

Mayor Garcetti says the city needs to keep building housing, but zoning and development rules need to be updated and tailored to each pocket of the city.

LA County tackles homelessness in new budget

L.A. County is proposing to spend nearly $100 million on anti-homelessness initiatives next year. Some of that will be paid using state prison realignment funds.

LA's Koreatown is about to get more crowded

Koreatown is a prime spot for high-rise apartments thanks to its central location and access to transportation. But development can also mean congestion, pollution and gentrification.

Court ruling forces LA to cut back on 'granny flat' permits

Homeowners and builders are stuck in a holding pattern in this clash between strict local regulations and more lenient state laws.

LA leaders limit what homeless people can keep on streets

Under a new law, a homeless person can keep 60 gallons' worth of their belongings on the streets. That amount can roughly fit in a large recycling bin.