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Arcadia shuts the doors on 'mansionization'

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| A new Arcadia ordinance says homes need to comply with a floor-area ratio that would limit the size of homes based on the site of their lots.

Little Tokyo bets on basketball to bring back Japanese Americans


To revive a Japanese American neighborhood, Little Tokyo plans a basketball gym and leverages its history.

Arcadia's planned anti-mansionization ballot initiative hits a wall


The Arcadia city clerk's office says activists gathering signatures made mistakes, meaning the initiative likely won't be on the ballot this year.

What to do with Mariachi Plaza? We asked the mariachis


The historic spot in Boyle Heights is owned by Metro, and the MTA has asked locals what should be developed there. The mariachis have some practical suggestions.

Arcadia mansions: Eyesore or a sight for sore eyes?


Opponents of mansionization say bigger homes ruin the city's character, but for some Asian residents, they're a way to house extended family.

What to build at Mariachi Plaza? Ideas run the gamut


Boyle Heights residents, business owners and other stakeholders threw out ideas at a Metro workshop this weekend. Ideas ranged from a market to a mariachi museum.

Metro wants to try again to develop Mariachi Plaza


A year after Metro scrapped a plan to build retail and office space at the iconic Boyle Heights plaza, the agency wants locals to weigh in on what they want.

LA weighs rules to make infill developments more attractive


Clusters of modern townhomes are popping up in LA neighborhoods alongside bungalows. Critics say they should blend better. The city wants public input on new rules.