AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe moratorium is designed to let Los Angeles leaders puzzle through a problem that has plagued other booming cities: How to encourage gentrification and eliminate blight and crime while preserving affordable housing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The sparkling BMW emerging from a garage below one of downtown’s new loft buildings scares Michael Reed more than the junkies, pickpockets and prostitutes he mingles with along nearby Skid Row in L.A. Reed has seen a lot in the 12 years he’s lived in a rundown, $50-a-night hotel. But to him no threat is bigger than the prospect of being pushed out by a feverish building boom that has brought lavish restaurants, nightlife and thousands of new apartments to the city’s notoriously moribund center. “Where else are we going to go?” asked Reed, 36, a male prostitute who can see the lofts from the doorway of his hotel home. “The more these people move in with their little dogs, the more we get suspicious.” Reed and about 10,000 others who live in Skid Row hotels – including poor families, disabled people, drug addicts and the mentally ill – found an ally in the Los Angeles City Council, which on Wednesday banned for at least a year the demolition of about 240 flophouses in the 50-square-block area at the heart of downtown’s revitalization.