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Los Angeles Seeks Pedestrians

Los Angeles Seeks Pedestrians | green streets | Scoop.it
A pilot project aims to pave the way for community-led reuses of L.A. streets.

The automobile is undoubtedly the dominant mode of travel in Los Angeles. But to write off the city as made up entirely of car-driving, bumper-to-bumper rush hour commuters is clearly an over-generalization. A growing group of Angelenos is finding ways to make transit, cycling, and walking (and, often, a combination thereof) relevant and viable in their daily lives.

A physical example of this transition opened this weekend in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. On a short strip of street bordering a small triangular park within a vibrant commercial area, officials from the city’s departments of planning, transportation, and public works partnered with the county’s public health department to close the street off to car traffic and convert it into an outdoor plaza. On 11,000 square-feet, the roadway has been effectively removed form the automobile grid with the simple application of paint (in glowing neon green polka-dots), bike racks and planters around the edges and seating in the middle. The project was inspired by similar street plazas created in New York City and San Francisco.

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OCTA and LA Metro Offer FREE Transit on New Years Eve

OCTA and LA Metro Offer FREE Transit on New Years Eve | green streets | Scoop.it

OCTA and LA Metro are offering everybody FREE transit rides in Orange County and Los Angeles County on New Years Eve.

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Los Angeles turns foreclosed homes into pocket parks

Los Angeles turns foreclosed homes into pocket parks | green streets | Scoop.it
It's all part of a larger plan to make Los Angeles a more livable city. In a recent speech to the Los Angeles Business Council on improving the livability of the city, Mayor Villaraigosa laid out a number of significant priorities.

 

What’s one way a city can fight blight, add green space, and increase property values at the same time? Build parks.

Los Angeles is embracing the idea and turning foreclosure sites and vacant properties into pocket parks. As part of a new initiative, the city will create 50 new pocket parks, 10 from foreclosure sites...

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Streetsblog L.A. » Regional Agencies Taking Slow Walk Towards Sustainable Funding

Streetsblog L.A. » Regional Agencies Taking Slow Walk Towards Sustainable Funding | green streets | Scoop.it

In recent weeks, regional transportation agencies in Southern California have made some slow moves towards embracing a more sustainable transportation network throughout the Southland. Local “Metropolitan Planning Organization” the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is poised to pass a long term plan that would dramatically increase bicycle and pedestrian funding while its sister agency in San Diego passed the first regional funding plan complying with the state’s ground breaking greenhouse gas emissions law SB 375 which mandates improvements in air quality with reductions in vehicles miles traveled.

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Can Continental Graphics Rehab Make La Brea and Second Street a Happening Pedestrian Zone?

Can Continental Graphics Rehab Make La Brea and Second Street a Happening Pedestrian Zone? | green streets | Scoop.it

DC-based developer Madison Marquette is converting the 1930s-era buildings on the block into retail, restaurants, and creative offices (and no housing, as in old reports). Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio 111 is doing "facade renovation, interior core and shell build out, and streetscape work aimed at introducing pedestrian vitality."

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Red Light, Green Light

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False start for Cleantech Corridor and Green District in Los Angeles...

The Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) continues to face roadblocks in creating a Cleantech Corridor and Green District, a 2,000-acre development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles conceived as a manufacturing base for sustainable industries.

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Finally Some Movement on a Rail Connection to LAX

Finally Some Movement on a Rail Connection to LAX | green streets | Scoop.it

In less than two weeks, Metro will have its first community meeting to discuss a direct connection from the Green and Crenshaw lines to the LAX terminals...

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LA Parking Lot becomes Urban Oasis

LA Parking Lot becomes Urban Oasis | green streets | Scoop.it

What’s the best place to build a wetland? How about at the site of an old MTA bus lot in South Los Angeles? It took more than $26 million and nearly three years to complete the transformation from parking lot to urban wetland. Open to the public as of February 9, the new South Los Angeles Wetland Park that doesn’t only efficiently process storm water runoff–it also provides crucial community green space.

As with many industrial environments, polluted storm water runs nearly unchecked to local water bodies, damaging habitats and freshwater supplies with the incursion of urban toxins. Before it was settled, South Los Angeles teemed with wildlife, oak forests, and dendritic streams feeding the Los Angeles River, but now that land has evolved into an impenetrable concrete cap. The new park will reactivate the area’s natural functions with storm water pools, deep cleaning retention basins, and banks of native plants chosen for their ability to clean water. The nine-acre site will also provide meandering boardwalks and promenades that traverse the wetland and create an urban oasis for an area of Los Angeles that sorely lacks green space.

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Bergamot 2? Art-Filled Market Planned on the San Pedro Waterfront

Bergamot 2? Art-Filled Market Planned on the San Pedro Waterfront | green streets | Scoop.it

The developers of Santa Monica’s gallery haven Bergamot Station are planning another art center, this time in San Pedro. “Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles,” which was just approved by the Los Angeles Harbor Department (city council approval is still pending) will offer paintings, sculptures, and other artworks sold by 500 artists sitting in open stalls. The facility, set to open next summer, will be located inside the city’s warehouses No. 9 and 10, located near Cabrillo Marina. The structures, totaling 140,000 square feet, were used by the Navy during the 1940s, then later for storage. Their clerestory windows and huge doors will allow lots of light and air inside.

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Six Teams Chosen to Compete for Union Station Master Plan

Six Teams Chosen to Compete for Union Station Master Plan | green streets | Scoop.it
Six teams have been chosen to compete for the job of creating a future vision for Union Station and the 38 acres that surround the historic 1939 facility.

Metro purchased the 1939 station and 38 acres of land around it earlier this year for $75 million.

The master plan study will include commercial development opportunities, the station's physical capacity to meet transit demands while remaining a historic landmark and connectivity to La Plaza, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo. The Union Station site was entitled for six million square feet of development rights under the Alameda District Specific Plan.

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Unlocking LU 2: The Re-Representation of Urbanism

Unlocking LU 2: The Re-Representation of Urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

Continuing the thread of review for the new landscape urbanism website, I'm discussing 'The Re-Representation of Urbanism' by Gerdo Aquino, SWA Principal as well as educator and author of the book 'Landscape Infrastructure'. As a fundamental opening to his essay, Aquino mentions the major shift that has taken place towards urbanization and linking it to Odum's ecological idea of the 'carrying capacity' as these areas continually add more people. It's interesting to think in these terms in numbers we can related to, so the example of the resource base for Los Angeles being about to support 1% of the current population is troubling - as it is a case in point (and a poignant example) of us living well above our means.

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Review> LA Story - The Architect's Newspaper

Review> LA Story - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it
No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond by Michael Maltzan.

Michael Maltzan has wisely framed his analysis of Los Angeles as a symposium, conversing with ten individuals who share his concerns about the state of the metropolis and its future. All came from somewhere else, and this gives them a critical perspective and a stubborn optimism about the potential of this urban agglomeration.

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Bustler: Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City

Bustler: Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City | green streets | Scoop.it

f you're in the Los Angeles area these days, we highly recommend to visit the excellent exhibition Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City, currently displayed at the Architecture and Design Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. The exhibition runs until September 4.

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Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106

Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106 | green streets | Scoop.it
The primary organizational components that define contemporary Los Angeles are enormous works of civil engineering - the railway tracks and bridges; the power grids; the"v" shaped, concrete L.A. River; and the ubiquitous steel and concrete freeways...
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