Voting With Your Feet: Aaron Renn’s New Donut

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  1. The Antelope Valley has the character of an older suburb, but it’s actually as far out on the edge of LA as you can get! Santa Clarita is doing better, and it’s closer in. There’s a concept called the @favored quarter,” and you need to be aware of it.

    1. I’m intimately familiar with the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, and vicinity. When I think of an “older suburb” I think of railroad suburbs from the East Coast and Midwest, or streetcar suburbs from a century ago, or perhaps the post war suburbs like Levittown. The Antelope Valley has hints of that (around the BLVD in Lancaster perhaps.) Mostly it’s Brady Bunch ranches and synthetic stucco faux Hacienda hopscotch subdivisions that spread like an algae bloom during various boom and bust cycles in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Palmdale, Quartz Hill…

      And yes, I know all about the favored quarter. North Dallas. West LA. North Phoenix. Santa Clarita is the “favored quarter” for people who are impossibly priced out of Santa Monica and the West Side. Or perhaps people who think Woodland Hills or Sherman Oaks are too “urban.” (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)

  2. Thanks for the work you are doing. I’m a relatively new reader of your blog, got here by linking from Kirsten Dirksens work,

    This has been a real eye-opener. I’m retired, a full time RVer for 12 years and thinking of hanging up the keys. I’ve been considering the LA area because my son is living there and being sort of close, like Palmdale or Lancaster, would be nice. Affordability is necessary.

    But, who needs that mess? Closing the train station to keep out poor people? Rapid transit to LA proper was one of the reasons for even thinking about AV. Hiring jack-booted thugs to make sure a few more people are homeless? Give me a break. Not having the wits to understand that the Section 8 voucher program is propping up the rental income (and tax base) of those properties because they would otherwise be vacant and place downward pressure on the value of all rental property in the city? It’s not welfare for the occupants, it’s welfare for the property owners!

    I”m pretty sure the original anchor businesses for Palmdale and Lancaster were a combination of some agriculture and support of the aircraft development activities at Edwards AFB. Both are limited in size and getting smaller. The glory days aren’t coming back for that. They’ve got no higher education in the towns and all of their growth has been based around sprawl. The only thing they’ve got to sell is the capacity to provide affordable housing. They’d better figure out how to use a taxes per acre model pretty quick.

    In the meantime, my quest continues. Although it is tempting to move there and work to make sure all those Section 8 recipients are registered to vote.

    1. The best place for a retiree to live in the Antelope Valley is near the BLVD and the MetroLink station in the tiny downtown in Lancaster. It’s walkable, interesting, has ready access to the train down to LA, and there’s a movie theater, library, little cafes, parks, farmers market, etc. That little downtown is very liable and affordable. I’ve noticed many older people living comfortably there. Every other part of the AV… not so much.

      1. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve read a couple more of your Lancaster posts, and it seems cooler heads prevailed about the Metrolink station. I’ll be sure to look that area over when we get to LA. Later this year, with a little luck.

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