Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne made reference to Echo Park’s proposed skinny townhouses (pictured) project in an article on Sunday as the most recent flap over increased density. Councilman Eric Garcetti came out against the project in what Hawthorne said “is a sign that L.A. to a large degree still sees itself as a single-family metropolis, a place where even three-story town houses can seem as threatening as skyscrapers.” Garcetti, who has advocated for more housing along major boulevards, “remains vulnerable to the prevailing political winds, which often blow strongly against the idea of a denser city,” Hawthorne wrote.
Yet, when it came to buying property, Hawthorne and his wife did not select a three-story townhouse. They purchased a single-family house in Eagle Rock in 2006, according to online property records. The zoning immediately surrounding the property prohibits the construction of apartments and other types of multi-unit housing – as well as “threatening skyscrapers.”
When reached by telephone, Hawthorne declined to comment on the record about the property.