Long Beach has only two transit-oriented developments – if you ask the state.

But ask the city, developers and transit advocates and a different story emerges: Transit-oriented development in Long Beach is on the rise, despite a stricter state definition, as a generation that shuns car-centric culture relocates to hip Long Beach neighborhoods such as downtown and the East Village.

New apartments and mixed-use developments in those areas haven’t gotten subsidies or other state financial incentives but are benefiting from local rule changes that make it easier for developers to build in the dense downtown.

A case in point: the Sixth Street Lofts coming to the East Village. Demolition of the current property at 431 E. Sixth St. is set for later this month, after which construction will start on the 30-unit, multistory residential development that’s set to be completed in 2015. Read more