Average rents have been on a skyward trajectory for the few years following the financial and housing crisis. And that has people in town scrambling for cheaper areas of town in which to live.
Zocalo threw out this number: a more than 25 percent hike in LA rents just in the last decade. But there was a tiny, tiny financial crisis somewhere in there, and a housing bubble that burst in that time. So how are rents still up that much?
Downtown LA is seeing an apartment and condo resurgence. I don’t even know if you can call it that because, before the 1990s, people didn’t live downtown. And that gentrification is affecting the people who’ve lived there longer than anyone else – the homeless.
And what about jobs and wages keeping up with those rents? Are people making more money, or are they borrowing more than they can afford to get a house that won’t be worth as much down the road?
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