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October 27, 2023

Linda Dishman Reflects on Thirty-Plus Years of Leading the L.A. Conservancy

TPR here interviews Linda Dishman, the Conservancy’s President and CEO, for more than three decades. Her TPR exit interview affords an opportunity to share her greatest successes, painful losses, legacy initiatives, and the stories “told” by the historic buildings preserved. TPR also speaks with Adrian Scott Fine, Dishman’s successor and the Conservancy’s head of advocacy for more than a decade, about the future of the Conservancy given a changing metropolis, one in which both a housing and homelessness crisis have rightfully consumed the attention of political and civic leaders.

October 27, 2023

SOMOS’s Alfred Fraijo on Creating a More Inclusive Residential Real Estate Market

TPR spoke with Alfred Fraijo, the founder of SOMOS Group, a multi-disciplinary law firm that creates impactful solutions to build and sustain community resilience, promote economic development, and advance social equity to create a more inclusive residential real estate market. Frajio also advocates alternative methods to promoting equitable communities by supporting BIPOC-owned manufacturing and developers to address the demand for development and related material sourcing. In this interview, Fraijo shares his long-term goals and his view on the impacts of current state legislation on housing supply and demand on the future of the residential real estate market in Los Angeles.

October 27, 2023

11th Street Bridge Parks' Scott Kratz on Community Engagement with Public Projects

As the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill looks to revitalize infrastructure in the United States, a number of infrastructure reuse projects are being reimagined , aimed at avoiding the wasteful practice of demolition and instead reusing retired structures by breathing new life into them. One of these projects, within the network of the highly successful High Line project in New York, is the 11th Street Bridge Park in DC. Scott Kratz, Director of Building Bridges Across the River, spoke about the project on a panel during Bloomberg’s CityLab conference. In his comments, Kratz addresses the importance of community and local engagement when it comes to altering the built environment, as well as the many community directives and overall mission of the bridge reuse project.

October 27, 2023

San Diego Needs More Housing, but City’s ‘Shotgun Approach’ is Doing More Harm than Good

As the state of California continues its campaign to increase housing density at all costs and at the usurpation of local planning, many have begun to question not just whether the strategy will work, but whether incoming legislation might be setting the stage for even greater affordability challenges down the line. In this previously published opinion piece, which TPR shares with the permission, retired land use lawyer and planning consultant Cary Lowe and former San Diego city architect Michael Stepner outline the potential problems that many seem to be overlooking as we work through this statewide housing crisis.

October 19, 2023

Ben Reznik on Why State Housing Mandates Are Long Overdue

TPR spoke with Ben Reznik, Chair of Government, Land Use, Environment & Energy at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM), regarding his continuing personal and firm advocacy for more housing production, highlighting & championing recent state mandates which, as reported, have reduced local discretion and “streamlined” project approvals. Additionally, Reznik shares his belief that homelessness goes beyond housing and that the crisis is State induced.

October 19, 2023

SF Public Works’ Director, Carla Short, Rebuts City’s ‘Doom Scenario’ Narrative

TPR spoke with the interim Director of Public Works in San Francisco, Carla Short, about her Department’s service responsibilities, her leadership challenges; and also, the many successful initiatives and programs now offered. Also, Short addresses her controversial predecessor and the need for the public to look past the actions of one bad apple and towards the many passionate and hardworking city servants.


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