Have you ever been to Old Town Monrovia? It is the heart of Monrovia, a city of about 37,000 residents located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. While most people may be familiar with Old Pasadena, few talk about the one in Monrovia. This is a shame because Old Town Monrovia is a very attractive, comfortable, and charming place for pedestrians. [Read more…] about Old Town Monrovia: Heart of the Community
Downtown Los Angeles, often referred to as DTLA, has been my home for over three years now. A lot has happened here over that period. As DTLA residents, my wife and I have been able to watch the growth and transformation of the area in our front row seats. [Read more…] about Celebrating Downtown Los Angeles
Churches and other places of worship are important institutions in our communities that serve multiple roles and needs. [Read more…] about What does an Urban Church look like?
Just about everyone has been talking about Los Angeles’ Grand Park these days. The first two blocks of the new downtown park opened in late July with three days of celebration, including an official dedication ceremony and inaugural events that gave the public a chance to dance and enjoy music outdoors. [Read more…] about A Tale of Two Downtown Parks
“Smart growth,” i.e. the densification of development in both new and established communities, especially along transportation corridors, is not only a worthy objective, it’s a necessity. Sprawling development has many established negative impacts. The infrastructure to support it is disproportionately expensive to build and maintain. Its environmental footprint is disproportionately large and wasteful. It has been shown to create negative impacts on the social and physical quality of people’s lives. [Read more…] about When Smart Growth is Not and the NIMBY Is