Urbanize.LA published an article that LAplus' Mark Vallianatos wrote about the 'forbidden city' within Los Angeles. LA's forbidden city "consists of the many buildings that we inhabit, use and care about but that are illegal to build today. The article was based on a walk Mark led for Los Angeles Walks that explored how popular housing types like bungalow courts, courtyard apartments and dingbats were banned over time by changes to zoning rules (especially parking and yard requirements and density limits.
The article concludes that we can learn from this history and make it easier to build diverse, low rise housing in LA. Check it out for details on how the city forbid some of its most essential characteristics and how we can get them back.