Los Angeles

May 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A timely piece in The Guardian's City series looks at the demise of streetcars in Los Angeles, beginning with the Great American Streetcar Conspiracy. If only it was that simple.
The Guardian Cities
May 1, 2016, 1pm PDT
Building permits for Accessory Dwelling Units have been stopped by court order in Los Angeles.
The Planning Report
April 28, 2016, 9am PDT
Los Angeles has made major progress in restoring the Santa Monica Bay. Now, The Bay Foundation's Tom Ford sees opportunities for L.A. to capitalize on its natural resources.
The Planning Report
April 21, 2016, 12pm PDT
An art installation called "The Back 9" is planned for Los Angeles' Skid Row to tackle the issues of gentrification, zoning, and back room deals for development rights.
CityLab
April 19, 2016, 7am PDT
A post in reply to the question: If so many people are leaving New York and Los Angeles, why are they still growing?
StatChat
April 18, 2016, 1pm PDT
Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced his commitment to the planning process in Los Angeles by proposing a program that would hire new planners and launch new planning efforts at the community level.
KPCC
April 16, 2016, 1pm PDT
Laura Bliss argues that rather than promise to reduce congestion, Los Angeles Metro should embrace its real beneficiaries: non-drivers.
CityLab
April 16, 2016, 11am PDT
Los Angeles is moving toward creating a path to amnesty and affordability for habitable, but unpermitted residential units.
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2016, 7am PDT
Granny flats, also known as mother-in-law units or accessory dwelling units, are a hot button item in most cities. A county court recently took the city of Los Angeles' finger off the button, so to speak.
KPCC
April 2, 2016, 9am PDT
A fun exhibit at the South Coast Botanic Garden is reviewed by park planner Clement Lau.
UrbDeZine
March 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
The organization 100 Resilient Cities has funded 'chief resilience officers' in 66 cities worldwide. It's helping four California cities prepare for 'stresses and shocks' including earthquakes, sea level rise, and even poverty.
California Planning & Development Report
March 21, 2016, 9am PDT
As Los Angeles weighs the merits of more major funding for Metro Rail projects, the current slate of new routes is already coming online. This graphic depicts median household incomes along existing and future rail lines.
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2016, 12pm PDT
Saying that their controversial "Neighborhood Integrity Initiative" would be 'buried' in a November ballot, the Coalition to Preserve L.A. will revise it and gather signatures to put it on the March ballot next year.
Los Angeles Times - L.A. NOW
March 16, 2016, 9am PDT
While it will certainly comes as a relief to some commuters living in the San Gabriel Valley, the Metro Gold Line extension that opened earlier this month was more the result of politics than planning.
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2016, 8am PDT
Witness the full force of anti-development animus in Southern California, where at least three cities are facing variety of backlash to the status quo of zoning and development processes.
KPCC
March 10, 2016, 9am PST
Containing more than 500 open datasets, GeoHub lets users access the wealth of data Los Angeles makes available. The tool is also intended to help employees from different city departments work together.
Next City
March 6, 2016, 9am PST
Metro, the transit agency for Los Angeles County, could be the first to peak under the hood at trip data generated by Lyft.
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2016, 12pm PST
Los Angeles' relative economic stagnation from 1980 onward was as much a choice as was the Bay Area's meteoric rise. According to planning scholar Michael Storper's account, Los Angeles' culture—not any policy or industry—is to blame.
California Planning & Development Report
March 3, 2016, 9am PST
Three major American cities this week—San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles—responded to the growing number of homeless living on the streets with sweeps, arrests, and seizures, respectively.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 3, 2016, 8am PST
Los Angeles is experiencing an elevated anti-growth conversation and suspicion of insider dealings at City Hall. In the midst of this, a councilmember known as an "outsider" aims to reconcile his constituents with the city's development processes.
The Planning Report