Homes Before Arenas
Don't uproot families. Uplift communities and advocate for affordable housing
How did we get here?
In June 2017, it was announced that the City of Inglewood has an exclusive negotiating agreement to build a Los Angeles Clippers arena on public land. This has the potential to displace thousands of residents.
Fortunately, because we fought back, the city re-drafted the deal to exclude residents and churches from their plans to use eminent domain. However, our local businesses are still threatened and families aren't in the clear. With the re-drafted deal, the city still reserved their power to use eminent domain anywhere, including against residents, at their discretion.
What do we really need?
In the midst of booming development — which has caused skyrocketing rents and the loss of affordable housing — it simply does not make any sense to prioritize an NBA arena over the needs of Inglewood residents. Public land should be used for the public good, and access to housing is central to building strong communities.
Inglewood already lacks affordable housing and this project would exacerbate the housing crisis, displacing families, and promoting gentrification. We need to focus on secure housing for working families so that young people can build their family and future in Inglewood. Public land should be used to benefit and strengthen the Inglewood community, not shatter middle-class families' futures.
Inglewood's Housing and Land Use Elements indicate that this land is better positioned for workforce housing and the use of low-income housing tax credits, rather than building an arena that would displace families.
Join the Uplift Inglewood Coalition demanding that the City of Inglewood prioritize #HomesBeforeArenas.
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