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A Carey McWilliams award talk

I received the Carey McWilliams award at the annual meeting of the California Studies Association in late April.  Here’s the speech:  Carey McWilliams Award Presentation. As I said in the talk, it was particularly compelling to receive this award in

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green issues in the cd14 council race

I wrote an opinion piece for patch eagle rock endorsing CD 14 councilman Huizar for re-election because he had worked on some environmental justice issues that I think are important. This was a personal column, not the opinion of UEPI

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Posted in Built Environment, Politics & Elections, Pollution Prevention, Transportation, Urban Environment

the 710 extension game

I’ve written two pieces for lastreetsblog about Metro & Caltrans’ public outreach around possible extension of the 710 freeway. I think that the so-called ‘gap’ is really an opportunity to invest in transit and better streets for pedestrians & cyclists

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the 710 game

I attended a public meeting on the future of transportation in the so-called ’710 gap’ area. Most attendees want better transit and greener, living streets, not a freeway extension/ tunnel. I wrote about the meeting for Streetsblog LA.

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transforming Eagle Rock’s streets

Opinion piece on the possibility of improving the streets of Eagle Rock. Basically, treat them like valuable public space and as places people want to be near, rather than as sewers to rush cars along.

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we’re looking for a few good planning ideas (Q&A with L.A. planning director)

We want you & your best  ideas for planning & making Los Angeles a better place. Join UEPI at Occidental College on December 1 for a Q&A session with recently-appointed L.A. City Planning Director Michael LoGrande and L.A. Times architecture

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Posted in Built Environment, Environment, Food and Transportation, Housing Justice, Re-Envisioning the LA River, Red Fields to Green Fields, Regional Food Hubs, Streets, Transportation, Urban Environment

high speed rail in los angeles

I wrote an opinion piece on the proposed high speed rail line that will come through Los Angeles for the Eagle Rock Patch website . I’m for high speed rail as a general point, but hope the line is oriented

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If L.A. is the nation’s trade gateway, “Sprawl is Inevitable”

Last week I wrote about how a fixation on traffic congestion (vs. time or distance) promoted sprawling transportation investments. Here’s another sprawl-promoting obsession that deserves a  stake in the heart: the idea that greater Los Angeles’ economic future is to

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CicLAvia is happening on 10/10/10 – Ride with UEPI!

CicLAvia turns LA streets into safe, fun places for walking, bicycling, jogging, and enjoying exciting outdoor activities. By making some roadways temporarily car-free, CicLAvia opens the streets to the public from 10am to 3pm on October 10, 2010. For more

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Food Justice and Food Trucks

As they spread from the East Side to neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles – and increasingly across the country – food trucks have emerged as the latest example of the new forms of food access, a key food justice issue. Giulia

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