Category Archives: Urban LAndscape

Awards Focus: Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Is Among 4 LARC Winners

Award Recognizes the Power of Young Musicians to Elevate the Community When ULI Los Angeles’ inaugural LARC  (Los Angeles Real Creativity) Awards debuted late last year it was an experience that stimulated the mind and the senses – and one that celebrated what’s best about Los Angeles.  Presenters included Frank Gehry and Frances Anderton, host of KCRW FM’s Design and Architecture program. The ULI LARC Awards go to those who, through their extraordinary vision and creative action, are “helping to change our world (and our lives) as Angelenos, Americans and global citizens.” Among … Read More

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VantageForum Returns for Another Innovative, Interactive Conference; Event Addresses Game-Changing Trends in the Real Estate Market

By: Jack Skelley, Paolucci Communication Arts Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate are teaming-up again for VantageForum 2012, the second annual innovative real estate conference offering live interaction with influential local, regional and national authorities, industry leaders and real estate executives. VantageForum returns Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCLA’s Covel Commons. Unlike any other real estate conference in Los Angeles, VantageForum 2012 offers attendees the opportunity to interact with senior leaders from a mix of industries … Read More

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Healthy Cities in a Post-Redevelopment Era: Envisioning Sustainable Economic Development

By: Cecilia V. Estolano One month after 400-plus redevelopment agencies (RDAs) throughout California ceased to exist, cities, counties and developers are only beginning to sort through the wreckage of a complicated winding down of the state’s primary tool for economic development. The question of how to build healthier communities is far from the minds of many of the practitioners and local government officials consumed by the puzzle of how to implement ABX 1 26, the statute that ended redevelopment on February 1, 2012. Stepping back from the new lexicon of … Read More

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Q&A: Amy Bodek, Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach

Interviewer: Vicky Hammond With a passion for city building, Amy J. Bodek, AICP, has managed the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency’s staff and budget for the past three years as its Executive Director. She concurrently serves as the City’s Director of Development Services, overseeing planning, affordable housing development, building & safety, code enforcement and neighborhood services functions. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and an active member of the Urban Land Institute. With the state of California in the midst of dissolving redevelopment agencies, … Read More

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Downtown LA’s Urban Renaissance

By: John C. Cushman, III Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles in October gave us the chance to appreciate the many positive developments in Los Angeles in recent years. While the past few years have been hallmarked by downturn, recession, high vacancy rates and unemployment, taking a moment to recognize what has been achieved may be an important step to continue the positive momentum. It is truly amazing what has been accomplished. When I first came to Los Angeles in the 1960s, people spoke … Read More

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Investment for AEG Catalyst for World-Class Convention Destination

By: Dennis Kaiser, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies Developers are born risk takers. It is just something that’s inherent to their chosen avocation. But underlying the nature of the business is an entrepreneurial spirit that often gets either overlooked or downplayed. Not so in the case of AEG, the development entity behind L.A. LIVE which served as a backdrop to the Urban Land Institute’s successful “ULI Live” Fall Meeting in October. “Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently pointed out at the ULI Fall Meeting in L.A. that six years ago, when the … Read More

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Santa Monica Place: Enhancing the Urban Fabric of Downtown

Urban Landscape, September 2010 Feature Article By: Vicky Hammond While an urbanists’ vocabulary might not typically include the term “mall,” the new Santa Monica Place provides a strong argument that “mall” and “urban” can be redefined to compliment each other. Located in the heart of Santa Monica, Calif. and originally designed by architect Frank Gehry, Santa Monica Place was a typical suburban-style, enclosed mall. It first opened in 1980 and was renovated twice before it was purchased by Macerich in 1999. Macerich, one of the country’s leading owners, operators and … Read More

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TOD Summit Suggests a Growing Culture of Transit in Los Angeles

By Neal Payton, AIA If the 440 attendees of ULI-LA’s TOD Summit, held on June 4, 2010, are any indicators, the real estate and development community of Los Angeles is embracing transit-oriented development (TOD) to a degree unimaginable as recently as five or six-years ago. Back then one might have expected one-fourth of that number, made up of the “usual suspects, i.e., transit advocates, urban planners, and a few innovative developers sitting around preaching to each other about the benefits of TOD, and wringing their hands over why we can’t … Read More

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Public private partnerships — coming to a civic building near you

By Allan Mackenzie and Frank Zerunyan A variety of public private partnerships (PPPs) have been created in the United States for transportation and utility infrastructure projects, but PPPs for social infrastructure — civic buildings, schools, libraries, police departments, courthouses and hospitals — have been slow to materialize, especially at the state and local level. That is due in large part to Government agencies’  unfamiliarity with the delivery method, their focus on front end versus lifecycle costs, lender intransigence, and their long-standing use of tax-exempt financing mechanisms. However, all of that … Read More

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1000 Homes in Action

“The city came into being to preserve life, it exists for the good life.” – Quote from the ceiling frieze in the Tom Bradley Tower Room Attendees heading to the 1000 Homes Supportive Housing Innovation Awards on June 24, expected to see Los Angeles from a special perspective – the event was being held the in the Tom Bradley Tower Room at City Hall. The views of the urban landscape from the balconies did not disappoint, yet it was the opportunity see another side of city life in a new … Read More

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