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l.a., long a destination for young people, is becoming increasingly out of reach, survey finds

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l.a., long a destination for young people, is becoming increasingly out of reach, survey finds

four years ago, chelsea lutz moved to los angeles from cleveland to pursue a career writing and directing films."i needed a really cheap apartment," she said. she found one in koreatown, where she didn't particularly want to live, but it was all she could afford.advertisementtoday, lutz, 28, shares a rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in the miracle mile area with her fiance."my rent's expensive, but it's not crazy expensive," lutz said. "but eventually i want to get a house and that's worrisome because i want to be close to my job."lutz is not alone. according to a survey released monday by the luskin school of public affairs at ucla, residents across l.a. county are increasingly anxious about the cost of living, with housing costs at the top of their worries. young people are feeling it the most."it's a perfect storm for young people who are spending a disproportionate amount of their income just to have shelter over their head, and as a result some of them tend to live farther out where housing is cheaper and so their commutes are longer," said zev yaroslavsky, a former county supervisor and current professor at ucla who led the survey. as a result, younger residents rate their quality of life the lowest."what troubles me about this trend line is that young people are supposed to be optimistic and have a lot to look forward to, yaroslavsky said. "l.a. has always been a place of optimism — that's what makes this place a magnet."the findings are part o...