How many acres of parkland does Los Angeles County have? How many parks are there in the county and where are they all located? What amenities do these park offer and what condition are they in? Which communities have a high level of park need? What are the priority park projects in each city or unincorporated community? How much would it cost to make these projects happen? These are some of the key questions that are answered in the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment recently released by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The Parks Needs Assessment was completed in 15 months, starting in March 2015 and ending in May 2016. [Read more…] about Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment: The L.A. County Story
We lost a legend with the passing of Professor Edward W. Soja last month in Los Angeles. Soja’s contributions to the spatial disciplines are as innumerable and diverse as the students he influenced. From 2003 to 2005, I was lucky to be one of his students. I never told Ed about the profound influence he had on me. In commemoration of Ed’s life and work, I’d like to share that story with you. [Read more…] about Epitaph for Edward W. Soja
On April 20, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his budget for next year.
After a “speech” at a Valley Industry Commerce Association, the Mayor formally presented his budget at City Hall.
What can I say?!! It was underwhelming.
Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“? I only learned about it last week when I read an article on CityLab that discusses how the app encourages people to exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day and in doing so, collects very interesting data on how people move in different cities. The article presents maps taken from Human’s website for the cities of Amsterdam and Houston to illustrate how data collected through the app validate the reputation of the two cities: Amsterdam as a bike-loving city, and Houston as a place where people love their cars and don’t walk much. [Read more…] about Tracking the Movement of Angelenos
Over the weekend, I headed over to the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles to check out this year’s entries to CANstruction LA. [Read more…] about CANstruction: Design-Build for Good
Do you love L.A. architecture? This is a follow-up to my previous article which highlighted three must-see exhibitions for planners, architects, and just about anyone interested in Los Angeles, architecture, and/or urban design. [Read more…] about Who Loves L.A. Architecture: Part II
On June 13, 2013, I attended the American Planning Association, Los Angeles or APA LA’s annual Awards Gala which recognized exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, and businesses in the L.A. region. [Read more…] about Oscars for Planners: 2013 APA LA Awards Gala
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?
While visiting FIGat7th in Downtown Los Angeles over the weekend, I noticed that a giant shoe sculpture made entirely of canned food was on display. [Read more…] about Canstruction: Promoting Design and Fighting Hunger