Sustainable Growth with Equity in Practice: The Example of Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

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Throughout the last decade, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) distinguished itself as a leader in the movement for sustainable growth with equity. It realigned its mission, goals and policies to drive better outcomes for the disadvantaged communities it served and pioneered new approaches to leveraging the economic development roles of local government to produce tangible community benefits. Legislation aimed at resolving the State of California’s recurring budget deficits dissolved CRA/LA and the state’s 400 other redevelopment agencies on February 1, 2012. Notwithstanding its untimely demise, CRA/LA’s experience may be instructive as New York considers how to expand on the successes of the Bloomberg Administration for the broader benefit of middle and working class residents of the city.