Los Angeles

June 10, 2016, 8am PDT
South L.A.'s inclusion in the Promise Zones program marks a shift in the way the federal government measures poverty.
LA Streetsblog
June 10, 2016, 6am PDT
China Railway, which had agreed to put up $100 million for XpressWest to build a 230-mile, 190 mph train from Victorville, Calif. to Las Vegas last September, withdrew from their agreement, primarily due to the inability to use their own trains.
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
Seattle Transit blog compares rail investments from five cities around the country.
Seattle Transit Blog
June 9, 2016, 8am PDT
LADOT’s first artist-in-residence will engage the city’s many subcultures, and its lively art scene, in his effort to improve pedestrian safety.
Gizmodo
June 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.
The Source
June 6, 2016, 8am PDT
Two new light rail extensions opened in Los Angeles within two and a half months. Ridership is soaring on the Gold Line extension and preliminary reports look good for the Expo Line, but new riders experience problems familiar to long-time riders.
Planetizen
June 3, 2016, 11am PDT
One thousand bikes will be available exclusively to Metro passholders who subscribe from July 7 to August 1, when the general public will be able to sign-up. Subscribers will use a single card to access both transit and Metro Bikes. Sponsor needed.
The Source (Metro's blog)
May 31, 2016, 12pm PDT
Two USC professors argue that Los Angeles would be better served if Metro could recapture some of its investment in the county's expanding rail system.
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2016, 8am PDT
Two major ballot initiatives would change the state of planning and development in L.A. As the housing and planning crisis reaches new levels, initiative leaders and land-use experts discuss how to create a viable path forward.
The Planning Report
May 29, 2016, 9am PDT
Downtown L.A.'s Arts District transformed from an industrial sector to a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. Now, the community's attempts to protect their vision from haphazard development illuminate Los Angeles's broken planning process.
The Planning Report
May 27, 2016, 8am PDT
In October 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti acted to make the city more resilient from drought and climate change. In 2016, we get an update from leaders Gary Hildebrand and Marty Adams on L.A.'s stormwater capture systems.
The Planning Report
May 23, 2016, 10am PDT
The $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile light rail extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is projected to double trips on the line by 2030, giving commuters a viable alternative to driving. Just the same, don't expect the extension to reduce congestion.
Wired
May 22, 2016, 9am PDT
What's it like to lead the department of transportation in a city trying to overcome decades of car-centric planning? Let LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds tell it in her own words.
Los Angeles Downtown News
May 21, 2016, 1pm PDT
After stakeholder engagement and an international design competition, Agence Ter's plan for "radical flatness" has been selected to replace downtown L.A.'s current Pershing Square. The preferred alternative is, above all, simple.
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2016, 1pm PDT
For a bit of fun, take this animated ride on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Expo Line extension.
YouTube
May 19, 2016, 11am PDT
Good news: Metro Los Angeles will open the long-awaited Expo Line extension, connecting Santa Monica and the the beach to Downtown Los Angeles, this weekend. Bad news: the public waited until now to worry about the parking around new stations.
Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2016, 9am PDT
It might not come as a surprise, but the Sun Belt cities permitting fewer new single-family homes are the Sun Belt cities permitting fewer new homes.
The Urban Edge
May 12, 2016, 11am PDT
Globe St. featured an exclusive interview with Gail Goldberg, executive director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles Chapter, and former planning director of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Globe St.
May 8, 2016, 9am PDT
A fight is brewing over a plan to build 19 luxury homes on an expanse of wilderness in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Mountains.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
May 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
A 2001 contract between the city of Los Angeles and CBS Decaux failed to deliver 662 shelters for bus stops. A case study in what not to do on either side of a public-private partnership follows.
KPCC