Streetcar Workshops Come to Los Angeles Next Week


Many of the Workshops at Next Week’s Conference Were Based on the Book Street Smart

One week from today, the Seaside Institute will be holding am all-day workshop on streetcars at the Orpheum Theatre.  With the news last winter that the city is thinking of putting a trolley back on Broadway, this workshop could provide a blueprint for what L.A. should be doing to maximize its investment.

From the press release announcing the workshop:

Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century, in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 22. Find out how these powerful public-private partnerships can leverage tremendous value for property owners and local businesses, help market higher-density development and a “green” lifestyle, and achieve public goals like affordability, sustainability, parks and high quality public space.

Streetcars have been the catalyst for these goals in communities as diverse as Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tampa, Little Rock, Portland and San Francisco. 

For more information, or to register for the conference, go here.

Image: The Seaside Institute

  • Anon

    For the real story on streetcars in Portland, an excellent analysis is here: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8643

  • piocan9

    The “real” story oh yeah sure…from Mr. Antiplanner a member of the think tank for devils.

  • piocan9 – i hear you. i shuddered every time i read his retort to will campbell’s blog duel on the LA Times.

    the irony of his name is an epic win, however.

    o’toole indeed.

  • I believe that streetcars are the next step in the evolution of this city from an auto-oriented city to a transit-oriented city — it’s the connection between transit and THE PEOPLE (the peds and bikes)! I’m organizing the streetcar workshop and have been spending a lot of time in downtown LA recently and I’m convinced it’s at the tipping point of becoming a real urban neighborhood! The streetcar could be the catalyst! The whole region is so freakin’ afraid of density but I see an urban spine up the subway corridor of dense, walkable, mixed use, mixed-income communities — from downtown to Koreatown to Hollywood to North Hollywood. These neighborhoods could provide real models for “green living” — with reduced VMT and GHG emissions. Density means increased energy efficiency — for buildings and for transportation. Streetcars are particularly interesting because they’re not really about transportation — they’re about focusing development and investment along a particular alignment so that you have a walkable, mixed use, high-density neighborhood. It’s about bringing the development (and pedestrians and riders) to transit, not the other way around. I think the whole transportation paradigm is changing. We’re getting back to the idea of land use as a transportation solution . . . Like in the old days.

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