Archive: Apr 2012

  1. For Success, Know Your City

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    by Katherine Perez

    Today, the competition among cities across the globe is fierce. The challenge to meet increasing demands for growing populations in an ever-changing environment of technology, science and innovation has pushed cities to try and become hubs of tech start-ups and creative companies. The complication is that not all cities are brimming with crowds of graduates hovered over computers in garages sitting on top of the next Facebook or Google. Nonetheless, all cities have the potential to be successful cities. (more…)

  2. The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted – Or Will It?

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    Los Angeles is swarming with planners from around the world.  As the city plays host to the annual American Planning Association conference, mobile sessions and panel discussions are revolving around the future. There’s talk about the future of smart growth, discussions about the future of cities in light of climate change, and much to do about the future of the planning profession. (more…)

  3. Rethinking Public Engagement

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    Gathering meaningful public input is often a challenge for local governments. Most run-of-the-mill planning processes – with a few exceptions – are painfully boring. So it’s no surprise that most public meetings are only sparsely attended. In light of these realities, local governments are turning to the internet to help boost public engagement. These strategies aren’t going to make municipal governance any more thrilling, but it should make it easier for residents to put in their two cents. (more…)

  4. Shaping Engagement, from the Bottom Up

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    Communities and advocacy groups across the nation are re-conceptualizing the way in which they engage in the political process. For many groups, it’s no longer just about joining the political conversation. It’s about creating it. (more…)

  5. The LA Riots, 20 Years Later

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    It’s been nearly 20 years since Los Angeles experienced one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in U.S. history. Spurred by the 1992 acquittals of four LAPD officers charged in the beating of Rodney King, the riots left 54 people dead, more than 2,300 injured, and caused nearly $1 billion in property damage.

    Much has changed in the twenty years since those events transpired. The LAPD has rehabilitated its public image, the city’s rapid demographic shifts have tempered, and concerns about the weak local economy have supplanted public unease about safety, crime, and gangs. (more…)

  6. Cleantech Los Angeles Welcomes New Executive Director

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    Mark Goldstein was recently appointed the Executive Director of Cleantech Los Angeles (CTLA). Goldstein is the company’s first executive director and is tasked with executing CTLA’s mission of fostering a self-sustaining clean technology ecosystem that will take root in the Los Angeles region.

    Cleantech Los Angeles brings together business, government, and academia to support and expand the clean technology sector in the region.  Under Mark Goldstein’s leadership, CTLA will continue to facilitate relationship-building and to provide supportive environments for clean tech businesses in the Los Angeles area.

  7. Planning Los Angeles

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    As the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual planning conference winds down in Los Angeles, academics and practitioners are taking a moment to reflect on the planning challenges and successes that continue to shape the city. Professor David C. Sloane, at the University of Southern California has edited the recently released Planning Los Angeles. (more…)