Category Archive: public outreach

  1. A More Transparent Development Process

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    Image from Cornell University Sustainable Design: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cusd/7953248594/in/photostream/

    Image from Cornell University Sustainable Design: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cusd/7953248594/in/photostream/

    A rebounding economy has led to a resurgence of development activity in real estate markets throughout the country. But as high-rise condos, multi-family rentals, creative office blocs, and boutique hotel developments begin to crop up in thriving urban markets, the backlash is inevitable. Much of the criticism centers on unaffordability, the lack of community amenities, and the impression that developers are scoring major concessions at the expense of taxpayers and local residents. But is there a better way to do development?

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  2. Using Big Data to Inform Public Health

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    More and more people have access to health information online and many people are consulting online health resources to inform their options for care. All of these searches, inquiries, and posts can be mined to provide the public with a snapshot of the local health scene. Whether it’s tracking a flu outbreak, scanning for the next wave of an infectious disease, or determining where child vaccination rates are dangerously low, this data can prove helpful for decision-makers. But how do these emerging tools address privacy concerns? And how can aggregated health data help shape the way we engage with communities around health? (more…)

  3. Metro Los Angeles County Crowdsourcing Bike Share Map

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    As Metro continues its efforts to build a countywide bike share program, the agency recently released a new crowdsourcing map that identifies communities that may be primed for bike share due to various factors (e.g., population and employment density, job and trip attractors, topography, bicycle infrastructure, community support, and funding availability). Metro is asking members of the public to suggest neighborhoods or cities in the County that may be good locations for a future bike share program. (more…)

  4. Participatory Budgeting Comes to Long Beach

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    Long Beach’s District 9 Partners with the Participatory Budgeting Project to Bring More Democracy to its Budgeting Process

    We’re excited to announce a new collaboration between the City of Long Beach District 9 and the Participatory Budgeting Project. As an organization, the Participatory Budgeting Project continues to shake up the planning process for cities at home and abroad. Long Beach is opening up part of its budgeting process to the public, to prioritize how funds are spent. The city is following in the footsteps of past collaborators such as the City of Vallejo, San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago. (more…)

  5. Democratizing Green Space

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    With 26 national parks and 208 state parks, California has been rated by travel sites as the most scenic state in the nation. Despite its reputation for having an abundance of open space, California’s most disadvantaged areas lack equitable access to these natural resources. In a state that prides itself on preserving our natural resources for everyone’s enjoyment, what efforts are underway to ensure that our open spaces are widely accessible to all communities? (more…)

  6. Beyond the Ivory Tower

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    Instead of holing up behind stacks of books, university students, administrators, and faculty are reaching out to their surrounding communities and engaging residents, businesses, and civic organizations on a number of issues, including environmentalism, resource management, local job creation and economic development, transportation, and housing. (more…)

  7. Legalizing Street Vending: An Opportunity for Los Angeles

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    This month, ELP Advisors has invited another friend of the firm to share his knowledge with our readers. This time we’re exploring how the City of Los Angeles can develop a permit system for street vending. We’ve invited Rudy Espinoza of the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) to share some insights on street vending in Los Angeles and the movement to legalize it across the city.

    By: Rudy Espinoza, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network

    Street vending is illegal in Los Angeles. This is a surprise in a city known for its vibrant street culture and diversity. The taqueros, the bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors, and even the fruit vendors we all love are technically criminals in the City of Los Angeles. In fact, Los Angeles is one of the only major cities to not permit street vending, and the sole hold-out of the country’s ten largest municipalities. (more…)