Toy or Tool: Urban Planning as Community Board Game

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bob Pool profiles a project by Urban Planner James Rojas, who's constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of Long Beach that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of the city.

"The process is more than child's play, Rojas says. Over the years he has created 43 scale models to stimulate public interest in things such as restoration of the Los Angeles River shoreline."

"It's a great exhibit," said Alan Huyhn, a private planning consultant from Culver City who has seen the Long Beach model. "Urban planning can be intimidating. People don't always go to city planning workshops because they think they won't understand the process or it will be boring."

Full Story: In Long Beach exhibit, urban planning is art and play


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