Three Things the Mayor Can Do to Fix L.A.

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne offers three pieces of advice to recently re-elected L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for improving his city -- and his urban planning credibility.

"For all his talk of supporting green development and 'elegant density,' the mayor has often pandered to some very outdated and automobile-centric notions about growth and mobility in this city."

Hawthorne's three item to-do list for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

1. Show real leadership on mass transit.

2. Expand the powers of the Urban Design Studio.

3. Produce a plan for dealing with abandoned and vacant property.

Full Story: Dear Mr. Mayor: Congrats, and here's your to-do list (UPDATED)



one more thing

4. Change the parking policies. In Los Angeles, people have no right to housing, but cars have the right to a free space everywhere they go. Don Shoup's home town should lead the nation in enlightened parking policy! As a benefit, parking can pay for some transit.

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month

City Map Posters are in!

Available in 9 different cities.