Los Angeles

Blog post
August 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
A blog post exploring why Los Angeles is more car-dependent than some less dense cities.
Michael Lewyn
August 16, 2016, 9am PDT
A subway extension that would cut across the Los Angeles basin has cleared another legal hurdle, despite the efforts of a coalition of opponents in the city of Beverly Hills.
The Source
August 14, 2016, 11am PDT
The legal, and social, challenges to building more second units in Los Angeles.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
August 11, 2016, 7am PDT
Responding to criticism from neighborhoods faced with new small lot developments, the city of Los Angeles in considering changes to its Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance.
The Eastsider LA
August 9, 2016, 8am PDT
If Los Angeles residents approve the $120 billion sales tax measure in November, focusing on walkable communities and offering fast, frequent transit service will be critical to its success.
Los Angeles Times - Opinion
Feature
August 8, 2016, 8am PDT
An op-ed by Daniel Freedman explains how a legal spat over an 850-square-foot "granny flat" affected hundreds of units around Los Angeles. The city's attempt to rectify the problems with its second unit ordinance has encountered more resistance.
Daniel Freedman
July 26, 2016, 10am PDT
After a tour of Los Angeles street furniture, Alissa Walker offers her reflections on cities' changing approach to public space.
Curbed
July 22, 2016, 2pm PDT
The New Yorker has produced a video comparing the streets of Downtown Los Angeles on either side of a 70-year span of history.
The New Yorker
July 22, 2016, 11am PDT
The Los Angeles Rams COO details both the stadium's sustainable design and the positive impact the privately funded complex will have on Southern California.
The Planning Report
July 19, 2016, 10am PDT
L.A. County's Parks and Rec Dept. has just completed a major study of the county's park needs. Departmental Facilities Planner Clement Lau explains the study and below are a few things that came to light.
UrbDeZine
July 14, 2016, 7am PDT
In California and much of the rest of the country, says Andrew Said, the laws governing speed limits and enforcement are dangerously outdated, especially where pedestrians and cyclists are concerned. What could we change?
Streetsblog LA
July 6, 2016, 10am PDT
A mixed-use development proposal in South L.A. highlights a blind spot of progressive urbanism—the gap between what checks all the boxes and what low-income communities really need.
LA Streetsblog
July 6, 2016, 7am PDT
Los Angeles Metro's new Chief of Planning Therese McMillan joins the agency at a pivotal moment, as county voters will decide in November whether to approve a new, evergreen sales tax to fund future Metro public transportation expansion.
The Planning Report
July 5, 2016, 11am PDT
Researchers have made a positive link between increased greenery in a child's neighborhoods and a reduction in aggressive behavior.
Pacific Standard
July 4, 2016, 5am PDT
Los Angeles voters will be asked to approve a new property tax on residential and commercial properties to pay for a $1.2 billion to improve the city's worsening homelessness problem.
Los Angeles Daily News
July 2, 2016, 7am PDT
A rowdy collection of Palos Verdes surfers, some of them middle-aged, will resort to criminal tactics to keep outsiders away from their favorite spot. They've even built a fort, and officials are having trouble getting rid of it.
LA Times
June 29, 2016, 2pm PDT
When a glass slide installed 1,000 feet up the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast is more than it appears.
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2016, 8am PDT
A light-rail link to the Los Angeles International Airport would accommodate bikes and buses, and could be here by 2021.
Urbanize LA
June 26, 2016, 11am PDT
Last week the Los Angeles City Council and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved housing initiatives. "Build Better LA" requires large developments to have affordable units. Silicon Valley voters will vote on a $950 million housing bond.
Planetizen
June 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
If the Metro Board passes the proposed $40 billion expenditure plan, millions of Los Angeles residents will still not have access to good public transit for decades.
The Planning Report