As a park planner, I am interested in just about any discussion and presentation on parks and open space. Last week, I attended an event hosted by APA LA called “Public and Open Space in Los Angeles” which featured Sam Gennawey and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. Gennawey, a planner and theme park and attractions industry expert, is the author of the recently released book Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Loukaitou-Sideris is Associate Dean of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of urban planning. Her research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on urban residents. [Read more…] about Public and Private Open Space in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles City Council today will consider a temporary ordinance that would block a variety of chain stores from opening in Chinatown. [Read more…] about LA City Council Vote Today Could Block Chinatown Wal-Mart
Sunset Triangle Plaza, LA’s first street-to-plaza conversion, opened Sunday afternoon.
The plaza was designed by Rios Clementi Hale and is located on the corner at Sunset Blvd. and Griffith Park Blvd. The section of Griffith Park is now closed to cars and was painted with polka dots. [Read more…] about Sunset Plaza Triangle Now Open
Hollywood, the land of movie stars and skyscrapers? [Read more…] about LA City Council Mulling Zoning Changes for Hollywood
Many developers would love to do projects of great design that are successful from every standpoint.
In the summer of 2009, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency (SDRA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) looking for creative proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former JC Penney Building on University Avenue at Ray Street in North Park (the neighborhood North of San Diego’s Balboa Park – its 1,200 acre urban cultural park).
The excellent condition and high quality of the design of the existing building, a landmark in North Park, requires an approach that features both direct architectural intervention and subtle restraint. [Read more…] about Why Not? North Park?!
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this month that the City, while considered one of the most walkable City’s in the nation, also has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths. [Read more…] about San Francisco’s Street Grid Plan Killing People?
Recent statistics indicate that suburban commercial centers were hit harder by the recession and are recovering more slowly than their urban counterparts. This circumstance is the opposite of prior recessions in the last half century, even as recently as the 2003 – 2004 dot com bubble recession, according to the Wallstreet Journal. During the current recession, the urban core of nearly every major city in the Country suffered substantially less loss of office and retail space than the suburbs surrounding them – including hard hit Detroit. [Read more…] about Recession Reveals that Suburbs Losing Their Appeal.
Free Public Transit in downtown – With lots of reasonably dense suburbs surrounding the CBD, having free transit through the center encourages commuters to stay out of their cars when they have short trips thereby reducing the need for parking and reducing congestion. [Read more…] about 5 Things that make Portland Work…
“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