While the presidential race has put the charms of federalism on full display, direct democracy has never been more robust than it is in California this election cycle. In jurisdictions of all sizes, Californians face the biggest crop of land-use ballot measures in years.
LAX is always under construction or renovation –in sometimes valiant, sometimes halfhearted, usually halting attempts to spruce up L.A.’s “nine terminals linked by a traffic jam.” It’s one traffic jam that may finally end.
No artist has ever depicted Los Angeles like Ed Ruscha. It’s worth a trip to San Francisco to see the de Young’s retrospective.
As California cities agonize over how to house everyone, they are missing out on a typology with countless reasons to recommend it.
CP&DR’s Josh Stephens caught up with Khanna at the Milken Institute Global Conference to talk about how city form – and the people who guide it – in California and elsewhere can contribute to these global connections.
Over the past year, cities have again turned to what is, in many ways, the tool of last resort to preserve affordable housing.
I think of renters expansively, as more than just parties who signed a piece of paper. Renters are demographic group, and an enormous one at that.
Minimum wage increases don’t mean much if housing supply does not increase.
Kotkin has long been a contrarian and critic of contemporary planning — sometimes a perceptive and welcome one, especially when urbanists, myself included, have gotten too cute or too smug. “The Human City” is probably his most comprehensive critique and surely his most off-putting.
urking behind every data point and every policy are forces like curiosity, relationships, open-ness, diversity, civic self-image, and values. These factors are often disregarded by short-sighted wonks and bureaucrats not because they’re not crucial but because they aren’t easily quantified.
The number of people who would likely vote in favor of the city’s current system of long-range planning and project approvals in the City of Los Angeles hovers around zero. But that is not exactly the question at hand.
Where the Falcon 9 goes, they don’t need roads. But Hyperloops still need rights of way.
As the central character in the Broadway musical “If/Then,” currently on a national tour that begins in California, Elizabeth Vaughan may be the most famous urban planner in the country.
The City of Los Angeles has, finally, formulated an ambitious vision — some say too ambitious — to redefine nearly every facet of mobility in the city.
Tactical urbanism’s entry into the mainstream comes in the form of the enthusiastic volume Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change.
The challenge Metro now faces – on a scale arguably larger than that of any other major city – is of getting riders to and from its trains and buses.