Monthly Archives: October 2013

Transit Corridors Report 2013 – Now Available Online!

Los Angeles, widely recognized for traffic congestion and unhealthy air quality, has embarked over the past few years on an aggressive expansion of our regional transit system.  In November 2008, voters approved Measure R by an amazing two-thirds majority, committing a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years.  Reducing our auto dependency though viable transit alternatives is a major goal.  But creating a more walkable city that promotes healthier lifestyles is also critical.  The County of Los Angeles with more … Read More

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Learning from Los Angeles – Now Available Online!

Reusing and retrofitting vacant and underused buildings, including more than 10 million square feet of vacant space in the urban core, can help Los Angeles grow more sustainably and meet changing market demands for new uses such as creative office space or housing.  A new Preservation Green Lab report, Learning from Los Angeles, marks the first in a research series to analyze demolition and development trends and develop strategies to foster building reuse in U.S. cities. Los Angeles served as the pilot city for the newly formed Partnership for Building Reuse … Read More

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Mayor Garcetti Announces “Great Streets” Initiative at ULI LA’s ToLA

For 12 years, Eric Garcetti had the good fortune of representing Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village on the City Council just as a dramatic revitalization of those neighborhoods was taking hold. On Tuesday, the new mayor, who campaigned on a pledge to spread urban revival across the rest of L.A., started outlining how he hoped to do it. Invoking Aristotle and Charles Dickens, Garcetti launched his Great Streets Initiative, a plan to turn the main thoroughfares of up to 40 neighborhoods into more lively and pedestrian-friendly destinations. The models … Read More

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Partnership for Building Reuse: Learning from Los Angeles

If you are seeking ideas for how to encourage the reuse of vacant buildings, a great place to look is the city of Los Angeles. Through innovative public policy and creative private development, Los Angeles is demonstrating how older buildings can be repurposed to serve the new, creative economy and help meet ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions. Downtown Los Angeles contains one of the nation’s finest collections of early 20th century architecture. Most of these buildings sat vacant for decades, until a carefully targetedAdaptive Use Ordinance (ARO) removed regulatory barriers, provided … Read More

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Transit Oriented LA’ summit held on Oct. 10 in downtown Los Angeles

Transit-oriented development remains a big deal here in Los Angeles. With the transit system expanding, there remains plentiful opportunities to put new development near existing or future transit stations. Los Angeles County has certainly seen its share of TODs — in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, to name a few — in recent years. But there remains challenges: the real estate market is very different in different parts of the county and zoning laws in some areas still prohibit or do not encourage the kind of … Read More

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The Village at Santa Monica & Tongva Park

On Thursday, September 12, ULI LA members enjoyed a Case Study and Site Tour of Santa Monica’s newest amenity, Tongva Park, two days prior to its official opening. One hundred and thirty pre-registered attendees made this the most successful Case Study/Site tour that ULI LA has ever put on. Attendees were welcomed at the park entry on Ocean Avenue and then guided to Gathering Hill for presentations by Gail Goldberg, Executive Director, ULI Los Angeles Peter Cotugno, Sr. Project Manager,  W.E. O’Neil Construction Karen Ginsberg, Director, Community and Cultural Services, … Read More

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Fall Membership Social at Dodger Stadium

ULI LA members were served up a very special treat at the 2013 Members Social, held at Dodger Stadium on September 25. Over 100 members networked at the Stadium Club overlooking the playing field on a gorgeous late summer evening. Guests enjoyed peanuts, popcorn and Dodger Dogs while ULI LA Chair David Waite gave an overview of upcoming ULI LA events and then introduced Janet Marie Smith, Senior Director of Planning and Development for the Dodgers organization. Janet Marie’s presentation outlined the $100 million in improvements made to the stadium … Read More

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