Archive: May 2014

  1. Where the Streets do More Things

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    This month we write about our multi-use future – a future where streets must do more than carry cars, where libraries hold not just books, but the spaces for learning, connection and resiliency, and where we repower our buildings so that they not only save us energy but create new pathways for middle class careers.  The future we describe in the articles to follow is a place where infrastructure has to perform multiple tasks and provide multiple benefits. It is a place where information technology changes the very form of that most basic of city spaces – the venerable public library – and in so doing evolves that institution into serving an even greater role as the connective tissue, sanctuary and porthole of opportunity for our communities.  We see a multi-use future that also puts job training and job creation at the center of a more ecologically balanced and technologically advanced society so that all may share in the benefits of truly sustainable development.

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    Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano

  2. Streets for the Future

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    This month, ELP Advisors has invited a friend of the firm to share his knowledge with our readers. This time we’re exploring how a potential ballot measure to fix LA’s roadways and sidewalks could be adapted to ensure that our streets provide environmental benefits and improve safety for all road users. We’ve invited Marc Caswell of Climate Resolve to share an update on the Streets for the Future Coalition.

    By: Marc Caswell, Climate Resolve

    Los Angeles has the unfortunate distinction of being named the city with the worst road conditions in the nation and the second deadliest city for pedestrians. In a city where 40% of the landmass is covered by roads, the abundance of asphalt amplifies heat, making hot days even hotter and endangering public health. But, there is an opportunity to change all of this. In coming months, the City Council can take bold action and present a sustainable solution that would not only fix our streets and sidewalks, but also provide environmental benefits for all Angelenos. (more…)

  3. The Public Library Evolves

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    Image from Henry Solich: link

    Image from Henry Solich: link

    The traditional library may be going the way of the dinosaur. In an era where the internet, personal computers, and smartphones have made information more accessible than ever, the common thinking is that these physical warehouses of information will become increasingly irrelevant. Luckily, this thinking is wrong. Americans have voiced strong support for the role of libraries – and libraries are proving their worth by adapting their offerings to meet community needs. (more…)

  4. Building the Clean Energy Economy

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    A report released by UC Berkeley’s Don Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy, and co-authored by ELP Advisors and the Career Ladders Project, recommends that California’s investor-owned utilities (the companies that supply about 75 percent of California residents with gas and electricity) must strengthen their certification and training requirements for contractors and their workers in order for the state’s energy programs to reach their efficiency goals. Moreover, the report highlights the importance of creating meaningful job opportunities for California’s disadvantaged populations – individuals residing in high-unemployment and/or high-poverty areas of the state – that help workers access jobs and family-supporting careers in energy efficiency. (more…)

  5. Lessons from Mexico City’s Bus Rapid Transit Line

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    Mexico City is on the rise with notable projects, like the award-winning bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Metrobús. Envisioning a similarly successful future for Los Angeles transit, a group of UCLA urban planners returned from a spring trip to the Distrito Federal with three understandings: (more…)

  6. Harbor Community Benefit Foundation Community Benefit Grants

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    The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation has launched the second round of their Community Benefit Grant program. This year, the HCBF will award $550,000 for beautification, environmental education, and community resources that address Port and Port-related impacts in Wilmington or San Pedro.