Urban Growth Seminar: New Evidence of Housing Shortage and Dislodgement in Los Angeles

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:30pm

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Lewis Hall (RGL), 215
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089


Dowell Myers, Professor- University of Southern California
JungHo Park, Ph.D. Candidate- University of Southern California

The crisis of housing shortage continues to deepen, triggered in many ways by the Great Recession, but also due to the
burgeoning numbers of Millennials entering their 20s and 30s. Construction has not risen to meet the needs of potential
household growth or of job growth. Piling on to the rental demand, declining homeownership has diverted even more
people than expected into rental competition. We review these trends to show where the crisis “comes from,” and then
we dig into the details of who actually lives in new construction and what happens when there is less than required. The
process of competition for insufficient new housing leads to scavenging by the better-off, displacement and
“dislodgment,” the resulting elimination of households. Those who remain in LA County are doubled up with roommates,
in their parents’ back bedrooms, sleeping on couches, or otherwise become homeless. Solutions are long-term, both
rooted in omissions of the 1990s and also with implications for how the omissions of today will haunt us in the decade
ahead. Solutions also must be widespread with fair share increases of housing in all districts of the city and county.
Addressing Housing and Displacement...

Dowell Myers, Ph.D. is professor of policy, planning, and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the
University of Southern California. He has been an advisor to the Census Bureau and served on the National Academy of
Sciences panel that reported in 2016 on the economic and fiscal consequences of immigration. Myers is the recent winner
of the Dale Prize for scholarship in urban planning and also received the Haynes Award for Research Impact. Dr. Myers is
the author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage 2008). He
has a B.A. in anthropology from Columbia University, an M.C.P. in city and regional planning from the University of
California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jung Ho Park is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California. Prior to USC, Jung Ho received his Bachelor of
Science in Architectural Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as well as his Master of Science in City
Planning from Seoul National University. His research interests focus on housing demography.


Professor Lisa Schweitzer

Angela Lucero

Thursday, March 22nd, 12:15 to 1:30 pm
Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 215
RSVP: Please RSVP with Angela Lucero (arlucero@usc.edu) ASAP as space is limited.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus





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