Los Angeles Times publishes editorial on USC’s good-neighbor policy
In an editorial published on October 30, 2012, The Los Angeles Times called the Village at USC a “smart step” on the university’s part, offering a good template for how to work together so that communities thrive.
In addition to the student facilities, the university has agreed to give $20 million to a city fund to create and maintain affordable housing in the community around USC. If the university achieves the threshold of housing 70% of its undergraduates on its property, it will have to pay only $15 million into the fund. Everyone, from community groups to the university to the city, is pleased with this.
The university has also pledged to hire 30% of the workforce for the project from within a five-mile radius of the campus. That includes both temporary construction jobs and permanent new jobs.