A slew of goals for Glendale residential planning over the next eight years — from small-lot subdivision to encouraging developers to take advantage of density bonuses offered in exchange for affordable housing units — were approved by the City Council this week.
But the council’s discussion quickly moved beyond the goals laid out in a lofty 270-page report known as a “Housing Element” to gentrification — specifically, whether the boom of luxury apartments in south Glendale will push out poorer residents.
“The fear of a gentrification of our downtown is a serious concern of mine,” said Councilman Ara Najarian.
But his remarks struck a nerve on and off the dais as city officials jumped in to diffuse the controversial discussion.
Councilman Frank Quintero said he didn’t consider the increase in development south of the Ventura (134) Freeway as gentrification because new units are being built — 3,800 are in the entitlement process, under construction or recently completed — and new residents are not driving out ones in older rental units.