- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has put a temporary halt to the construction of huge mansions in some of its historic neighborhoods.

City News Service says the City Council on Wednesday adopted temporary restrictions in 20 neighborhoods, including the Miracle Mile, a section of the San Fernando Valley and Bel Air.

Neighbors in older neighborhoods have complained about what’s termed “mansionization” - that is, developers building enormous houses that tower over existing homes. They say the buildings destroy the character of the neighborhoods.

The council is curbing demolition or large-scale alteration of existing buildings for up to two years as the city considers permanent laws to deal with the issue.

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