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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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Posted in Built Environment, Streets, Transportation

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

Planning to Support Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is everywhere we turn these days. On rooftops, vacant lots, and school yards. As discussed on this blog before, Los Angeles was a city founded on agriculture. With an ideal growing climate, the city should lead the nation

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Abolish HUD?

Last Friday, Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published a provocative op-ed column in the New York Times headlined, “To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD“. In this column, he argued that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is

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H is for Hubris

When designing a monument to oneself in a region that has repeatedly skewered (while also celebrated) the gauche palaces of the rich, from Citizen Kane to Citizen Spelling, one would think that our contemporary tycoons would show some subtlety. One

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Bush’s Class Warfare

Friends – Just a week before Christmas, President Bush gave corporate America two big presents. On Tuesday, his Federal Communications Commission changed the rules to allow the nation’s giant conglomerates to further consolidate their grip on the media by permitting

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Posted in Environment, Media Democracy, Politics & Elections

Park[ing] Day!

It’s a beautiful day and our park is set up!  Come by for a chat in the park. 

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Good news on the housing front

LA’s persistent housing crisis is getting more attention, thanks to the growing activism of community and tenant groups, including a creative protest last week, reported in the LA Times article below, at a UCLA real estate finance class taught by

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Posted in Housing Justice

Designing the Cornfield

Wanted: Experienced and innovative design firm for new 32-acre state park just north of downtown Los Angeles. Must take into consideration previous site studies, multiple community demands, and diverse constituent needs. In March, the California State Parks Foundation went searching for teams to

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Posted in Re-Envisioning the LA River, Urban Environment

Warehouses vs. Urban Gardens: L.A.’s Own Urban Heat Island Effect

It’s hot out there, and one of the reasons it might get even hotter in the years to come in LA, is the continuing push to pave even more of the little green space we have. When Judge Helen Bendix

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