Category Archives: Transit Oriented LA

Taking the Highway Out of PCH Malibu

Along with a group of urban thought leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined ULI Los Angeles last month for Transit Oriented LA. Since Mayor Garcetti’s signature Great Streets Initiative was launched at last year’s ToLA, 15 streets have been slated for improvements embracing upgrades that are neighborhood-friendly, bike-friendly, and pedestrian-friendly. “The Great Streets Initiative is about strengthening neighborhoods one ‘main street’ at a time,” said Mayor Garcetti in an official statement. ” Angelenos are looking for dynamic and safe places to meet, to shop, to spend time with their … Read More

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RECAP: Transit Oriented LA 2014

For anyone concerned about the current pace of development in Los Angeles, be it subway excavations and elevated rail construction or the massive mixed-use developments sprouting up all over town, all was explained on Wednesday, November 12 at ULI’s conference on Transit Oriented Development held at downtown’s Japanese American National Museum. As any Angeleno will attest, Los Angeles grew up around the automobile, resulting in its notorious low-density sprawl. But after decades of smog and traffic congestion that seems to outpace road building, it’s clear that a new vision for … Read More

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In Los Angeles, Mobility Corridors Would Magnify the Effect of TOD

For the most part, transit-oriented developments, or TODs, remain individualized projects, planned in isolation from their surrounding communities. They tend to focus inward, serving transportation needs, perhaps adding housing and retail, but not leveraging their potential for economic development. But that mind-set is changing, particularly in Los Angeles. Long the poster child for traffic congestion, Los Angeles is dramatically expanding its regional transit system. More than 100 transit stations are being built in response to a $40 billion commitment to new rail lines approved by voters in 2008. What has … Read More

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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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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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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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