April 2012

March 30, 2012

Arthur C Nelson: Two Factors - Age & Demographics - Are Impacting Housing Market Patterns of Choice

ULI recently published “The New California Dream,” a report by Arthur C Nelson arguing that demographic and economic factors at work in California will support the efforts of policy-makers in their efforts to implement SB 375, which requires the coordination of land use and transportation planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. TPR presents remarks Nelson made at a recent ULI breakfast followed by excerpts from the report’s executive summary.

March 30, 2012

LA City’s Water Reclamation Projects Highlight Success of Clean Water Efforts

Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, provides MIR with a another is a series of essays on clean water projects in Los Angeles. The City’s partnerships on water and landscape design stand out as some of the most innovative projects taking place in US cities today, making use of the region’s ecological infrastructure. 

March 30, 2012

Westside Urban Forum Examines Life Without the CRA

In March the Westside Urban Forum held, “Life After the CRA: A New Paradigm for Affordable Housing and Economic Development,” featuring LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LAANE co-founder Madeline Janis, and Community Corporation of Santa Monica Executive Director Sarah Letts. Moderated by Renata Simril of Jones Lang LaSalle, the discussion reveals an understanding that CRAs in California are dead, despite efforts in Sacramento.

March 30, 2012

FoLAR’s LA River Vision May Require Jurisdictional Coordination & Governance Change

Lewis MacAdams, poet and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, and Charles Eddy, retired attorney, environmentalist, and current FoLAR board member, discuss their work to create a management authority for the Los Angeles River. Having advocated for opening the river up to public use for decades, they have turned to Sacramento for help. SB 1201, should it become law, would place control of the river into the hands of a multi-agency and jurisdictional council.

March 30, 2012

Chet Widom: New California State Architect Opines on Priorities

Chet Widom spoke to leading architects in the Los Angeles area at an AIA event in March to explain what he intends to accomplish in his new position as State Architect. Review boards and documentation slow down the design and construction process significantly, and Widom faces the difficult challenge of speeding the process up with limited resources in a complicated bureaucracy.

March 29, 2012

Mayor Richard Daley: The Vital Role of Metropolitan Regions in Boosting Exports

Former Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley spoke at the Global Cities Initiative on March 21—a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase. Mayor Daley focuses on the steps major US cities must take to compete for jobs, business, and branding at an international scale, pointing to his efforts as Mayor to revive Chicago’s economic horizon. Through education, infrastructure, and public-private partnerships, cities can prepare for an interconnected world.

March 21, 2012

Martha Welborne on Balancing Planning Responsibilities, Goals, and Constraints at Metro

TPR sat down with Martha Welborne, Executive Director of Countywide Planning at Metro, to discuss her duties towards the Metro Board, project completion, and the people of Los Angeles County. Building Los Angeles’ new transit system will take decades, and Measure R’s seemingly reliable flow of money means that Metro will feature prominently in the purviews of local governments across the county for the foreseeable future.

March 20, 2012

VerdeXchange 2012: Global Models for Fostering Cleantech Innovation and Commercialization

TPR offers the following excerpts from a 2012 VerdeXchange panel. As LA looks to expand its economic base through its own CleanTech Incubator (LACI), how can we learn from other efforts to grow business opportunities across the globe?

March 19, 2012

Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute: A Deadlocked Washington Means US Metro Regions Must Address Manufacturing and Exports

Bruce Katz’s Export Nation 2012 examines the role that exports sectors in US metro areas play in a new global economy. Regions like Los Angeles hold vital positions in a country that does not properly value its export industries, and metro areas should take steps to establish positions in an increasingly urban global economy. TPR spoke with Katz ahead of his March 21 Global Cities Forum at USC. 

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