How Long Beach is solving its housing shortage

In July 2019, Long Beach opened a new City Hall as part of its 22-acre, $520 million Civic Center campus. This new downtown centerpiece is home to the city's one-stop Development Permit Center, which has been designed to make it easier for applicants to fill out forms and meet with city representatives. In the past decade, the city has approved more than 5,000 units in its downtown area alone, and its development director attributes the success to a design-focused approach. This has created a genuine multifamily development bonanza and made Long Beach an example of a city that is successfully addressing the California housing shortage.

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