Category Archive: los angeles

  1. LA’s Olympic Bid: Is the Third Time a Charm?

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    An unsupportive public, the absence of a cohesive vision, and the prospect of taxpayers footing the bill for cost overruns doomed Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid. Now, with the U.S. Olympic Committee scrambling to find a replacement, it looks like Los Angeles is poised to win the nomination. Although hosting the international competition is nothing new for the City of Angels, how will L.A. avoid the pitfalls that ultimately sank Boston’s bid? And, if selected, will the city be able to emulate its success as the host of the 1984 games? (more…)

  2. Bringing Community School Parks to LA Neighborhoods

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    Los Angeles nonprofit, People for Parks, just launched its fundraising campaign to start two new Community School Parks. These neighborhood parks are schoolyards that are opened up to the community as playgrounds and parks when school isn’t in session. To reach its goal of opening two school playgrounds every weekend for one year, People for Parks needs to raise $24,000 in the next 30 days. (more…)

  3. Community-Led Planning

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    Image from Paul Narvaez: https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_photographer/14981389300/in/photolist-9BmgAk-9BpcwY-9Bmbtz-9BmbRB-9Bmcgv-9BpdaG-9Bmdse-9Bmiyi-9xAkXs-9xAiuE-9i4myd-9i227z-9i4CMo-9i1Twn-9xxjEX-9i1ob4-9i1nNe-9i1RCV-9i1RfH-9i4XBq-9i1phT-9i4Q4A-9i1oSR-9i4Tvs-9i1n6v-9xAgEb-9i1QQB-p75Uct-oPS1eM-oPRx6w-9i4DBo-9i4T8d-9i4M6W-9i1NwV-9i1Hik-9i4pR5-cg5rnJ-9xAiTN-9xxi7T-9i1J7p-9i4Uwq-9i1GU2-9i56tQ-9i1K1k-9i4UeG-9i21KT-9i1yo8-fEmcvw-bySMrU-7BwdCE

    Image from Paul Narvaez

    Increased development and investment in infrastructure have the potential to permanently alter the fabric of communities. Local planning efforts, in the form of ordinances or community plans, are just a few of the many tools used to ensure responsible planning and zoning, and provide an avenue for community engagement. However, traditional methods of community engagement can fall short in communities of color. For these populations language barriers, time constraints, and a dearth of easily accessible information conspire to keep residents in the dark. In response, residents and community groups in some locales have upended the traditional planning process and initiated their own planning efforts to guide development on their terms. (more…)

  4. City of Los Angeles Median Design Competition

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    Image from UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47484186@N06/12327998474/

    Image from UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47484186@N06/12327998474/

    The City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission (IPC) recently approved $35,000 to fund a competition for designers to develop a kit to help communities implement median beautification projects. The proposed kit will include streamlined permitting, little to no irrigation to address the drought conditions, and blueprints for communities wishing to improve their public medians. (more…)

  5. Job Opportunities with LADOT and LA County Department of Public Health

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    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) are partnering to hire new staff to assist in the development of a Vision Zero Policy and Implementation Program, which will prioritize the reduction of all traffic fatalities on LA City streets. Staff will assist in the development of a Transportation and Health Database that will help to inform project identification, prioritization, and evaluation. Follow the link for more information. (more…)

  6. Los Angeles 50 Parks Initiative

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    In 2012, the City of Los Angeles set out to increase green spaces in the city’s park-poor neighborhoods by establishing the 50 parks initiative. A project status document from that year indicates the City was poised to enter partnerships with local organizations to produce 50 neighborhood parks. Three years later, the initiative is making progress toward its original goal, with 29 new parks added.

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  7. New Pedestrian Bridge in the Works for LA River

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    With the first phase of Glendale’s aptly named Riverwalk project complete, designers, planners, and the public are now weighing options for a bike and pedestrian bridge that will span the LA River. The structure will span one of three potential locations in the seven-mile long Glendale Narrows. (more…)