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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week learn about zoning code, street lighting, climate equity, and disrupting power relations!

  • Tuesday 3/29 Today – It is your last chance to catch Portland City Repair’s Mark Lakeman on this Southern California Tour. Lakeman delivers a free talk at 4 p.m. at Deaton Auditorium in front of LAPD Headquarters at 100 W First Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details on flier at Great Streets Twitter.
  • Thursday 4/1 – The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Liberty Hill Foundation, and the SB 535 Coalition host a forum entitled “Ensuring Climate Equity for Low-Income Californians.” The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355 at 337 Charles E Young Drive East on the UCLA Campus. More details and preregistration at Regonline.
  • Saturday 4/2 – Re:code L.A. hosts another in its series of public forums on re-configuring L.A.’s zoning codes. This open house takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys. Easy access via the Metro Orange Line. Details at re:code website.
  • Saturday 4/2 – Si Se Mueve hosts a bike tour highlighting the native landscape, history, and current context of the Hahamongna River, (the Arroyo Seco) and honoring Tongva ancestors. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 4/2 – The USC Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum (SCAPF) will host its policy forum Dismantling “Race-Neutral” Policies; Disrupting Power Relations. The free event takes place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the USC Radisson Hotel at 3540 South Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles. Free, but pre-registration requested via EventbriteMore details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 4/3 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its recurring Sunday Funday ride, this month celebrates Operation Firefly by touring historic street lighting. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Week: Tuesday 4/5 and Thursday 4/7 – Metro hosts community meetings for public input on its Measure R2 expenditure plan. Tuesday’s meeting is in Agoura; Thursday’s is in El Monte. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarSupport Streetsblog L.A. as we celebrate a couple of Santa Monica streetsie awards this Thursday! Re:code hosts its South L.A. forum. The architect/artist/urbanist Mark Lakeman is speaking at various venues. Scholar Garrett Broad speaks about food justice. South and East L.A. build community unity through kickball and mixers. Plus parking reform, Metro and more!

  • Tuesday 3/22 – Tonight – An evening with inspirational urbanist Mark Lakeman of Portland City Repair speaking from 7 to 10 p.m. at Holy Nativity Church, 6700 West 83rd Street in Westchester. Event details at Change-Making.com. More L.A. Lakeman events all week – see below.
  • Wednesday 3/23 – City Repair’s Mark Lakeman leads an Intersection Repair and Dedication Ceremony at Watts Labor Community Action Committee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event details at City Repair.
  • Wednesday 3/23 – Holy Don Shoup! The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee tackles some great parking reform motions, including a proposal to return a portion of parking meter revenue to the neighborhood where it is generated. Meeting starts at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall room 1010. More details on meeting agenda.
  • Thursday 3/24 – The Metro board holds its monthly meeting, probably with plenty of discussion on receiving and filing the agency’s latest expenditure plan draft for its new sales tax planned for a ballot measure this November. Lots more important smaller-budget agenda items, including a laudable plan to charge for Expo 2 car parking. The meeting gets underway at 9 a.m. at Metro Headquarters, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. Details at Metro meeting page.
  • Thursday 3/24 – Join Streetsblog L.A. and Santa Monica Next as we honor Hulu, CycleHop, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom with their 2015 Streetsie Awards. The festivities run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Breeze Bike-Share headquarters at 17th Street and Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica. Tickets are $20 and totally worth it! Details and rsvp at Eventbrite. Share via Facebook event.
  • City Repair comes to Los Angeles this week

    City Repair comes to Los Angeles this week

    Friday 3/25 – Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair speaks at Los Angeles Eco-Village. The talk takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at 117 Bimini Place in Koreatown. Reservations requested, email crsp [at] igc.org or call 213.738.1254. More details at L.A. Eco-Village.

  • Saturday 3/26 – Re:code L.A. unveils the first components of the new Zoning Code at a forum at the MLK Recreation Center in South L.A. from 9 to noon. They will offer an overview presentation near the beginning of the forum and again midway through. There will be information stations where you can get the details, ask questions, and tell re:code what you think. If you took part in the previous round of forums, this is an opportunity to see how re:code incorporated your ideas. Details, here.
  • Saturday 3/26 – Join Community Services Unlimited at their 4th Saturday community event at the Paul Robeson Center. Scholar Garrett Broad will host a dialogue about his newly published book, “More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change.” In it, he charts the inequities created by the industrialized food system as well as the efforts emerging from within so called “food deserts” to generate new and innovative models. Spoiler alert: CSU’s work awesome food justice work is featured. Dialogue begins at 11:30 a.m. As always, CSU will host a produce stand from the Village Market Place, gardening activities, music, and more. Details, here.
  • Saturday 3/26 – Love riding your bike? Believe in justice in all of our communities!? Join the 1st South East LA/ East LA Riders BBQ Mixer! We will be discussing plans for the following events: #SELACiclavia #LARiverBikeToxicTour #ReClaimingTheLARiver
    Meet up at the East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice Community Room (5117 Kinsie St., Commerce, CA 90040) from 3 – 5 p.m. Need more information? Call 323.263.2113
  • Saturday 3/26 – Cheer on some of your favorite South L.A. and Eastside mobility superheroes as they vie for the coveted Watts Community Trophy at the 4th Annual South L.A. Kickball Classic at Ted Watkins Park. Hosted by the Los Ryderz and East Side Riders, the fun begins at 9 a.m. Details, here.
  • Saturday-Sunday 3/26-27 – City Repair placemaking training at L.A. Eco-Village. Event details at L.A. Eco-Village.
  • Sunday 3/27 – Bike SGV invites you to celebrate the newly-opened Metro Foothill Gold Line extension by biking the Gold Line. Meet at the Arcadia Station at 9 a.m. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarHelp EYCEJ go door to door to further Exide lead testing and clean-up. Plus Metro meetings, sidewalks, Janette Sadik-Khan, and much more this week.

  • Monday 3/14 – Today – L.A. City Council joint-committee hearing on sidewalk repair. Meeting is at 2 p.m. at Council Chambers (room 340) at City Hall in downtown L.A. Details at agenda.
  • Wednesday and Thursday 3/16-17 – Metro board committees meet to hash out business in advance of next week’s full board meeting. Some Wednesday meetings have been canceled, check the full schedule and agendas at Metro website.
  • Wednesday 3/16 – Janette Sadik-Khan will be in conversation with Christopher Hawthorne, and will sign her great new book Streetfight. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. It is free, with no advance tickets, so get there early for a good chance of getting in. Details at Hammer website.
  • Wednesday 3/16 – There will be a community meeting to finalize redevelopment guidelines for the CRA lot at First and Boyle. Meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Boyle Heights City Hall Community Room at 2130 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. Details on event flier [PDF].
  • Wednesday 3/16 – The Transit Coalition hosts Metro construction chief Richard Clarke speaking at 6 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, Union Station Conference Room, at 1 Gateway Plaza, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. Space is limited so sign-up ASAP at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 3/17 – Janette Sadik-Khan is speaking and signing at Gensler in downtown L.A. Unfortunately, the free event is already full – add your name to the wait list via Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 3/19 – The Big Parade hosts a really long stairways walk “Stair Trek IX.” The format has changed somewhat so see Facebook event for details.
  • Saturday 3/19 – Fig Jam celebrates North Figueroa’s Great Streets Initiative. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along much of North Figueroa Street through Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 3/19 – Celebrate Long Beach’s second open streets event: Beach Streets from downtown Long Beach to Belmont Heights from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Fun. Easy access via the Metro Blue Line. Check out Long Beach Bike Share launching the same day! Volunteers neededEvent details, including map, at the Beach Streets website. Share via Facebook event.
  • Saturday and Sunday 3/19-20 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice is looking for volunteers to go door to door to get tenant agreements signed that will allow for lead testing, due to contamination from Exide. Saturday (see Facebook event) from 2 to 6 p.m., meet at CALÓ YouthBuild at 3626 E Fifth Street in Boyle Heights. Sunday (see Facebook event) from 2 to 6 p.m. Meet at 5117 Kinsie Street in City of Commerce. For More Information contact EYCEJ at 323.263.21113 or info [at] eycej.org.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week, catch some great insightful panels on the future of transportation, tour Watts and Boyle Heights, and learn about the future plans for transportation in and around Griffith Park.

  • Monday 3/7 Tonight – The American Planning Association Los Angeles chapter is hosting its Transportation Futures Panel – featuring Ashley Hand (LADOT), Jeremy Klop (Fehr & Peers), Peter Marx (Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti) and Joshua Schank (Metro). The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Ron Deaton Civic Auditorium at LAPD Headquarters at 100 W. 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. The panel is free for APA-LA members and students, but costs $10 for non-members, though APA is offering limited free tickets for SBLA readers who register via BrownPaperTickets using the discount code “STREETS.” Details at APA calendar, share via Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 3/8 – The public is invited to the regular steering committee meeting for the Culver City Bicycle Coalition, which takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 3/9 – Metro hosts the second of its two-part design workshop series for a future joint development at Mariachi Plaza. The process will create development guidelines reflecting community goals and include desired elements, function, and use of the space. Attend the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bishop Mora Salesian High School at 960 S. Soto Street in Boyle Heights. Snacks, childcare, and Spanish translation will be provided. For more information contact Vivian Rescalvo rescalvov [at] metro.net or 213.922.2563.
  • Wednesday 3/9 – L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks will present an update on the planned Griffith Park shuttle and parking plan. Meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Chevy Chase Park at 4165 Chevy Chase Drive in North Atwater Village. More details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 3/10 – The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the Luskin School of Public Affairs present “Women Making Moves: Gender & The Changing Landscape of Transportation” a panel discussion featuring Tamika Butler (L.A. County Bicycle Coalition), Lisa Schweitzer, (USC) and Chandini Singh (PLACE Program, L.A. County Dept. of Public Health). The discussion and reception take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the La Kretz Innovation Campus at 525 S Hewitt Street in downtown L.A. It is free, and pre-registration is recommended.

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  • Saturday 3/12 – Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), From Lot to Spot (FLTS), and CALÓ YouthBuild Charter School with the Los Angeles Great Streets Initiative and Go Human host “Nuestra Avenida” where you can experience a vibrant Cesar Chavez Avenue that showcases Boyle Heights’ rich and diverse history, music, and art. Nuestra Avenida will transform the street, improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers alike. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on César E. Chávez Avenue between St Louis Street and Evergreen Avenue. More details at Facebook event or contact Carlos Velasquez of MCM at (323) 945-8149 or carlos [at] multicultimobility.org
  • Saturday 3/12 – Los Ryderz Bike Club presents its signature Tour De Watts bike ride with support from East Side Riders. The free group ride gathers at 10 a.m. at Ted Watkins Memorial Park at 1335 E 103rd Street in Watts, and will roll approximately 11 miles past some of Watts’ key landmarks. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThere’s a new rail line opening and a CicLAvia – both this weekend! Plus lots more to do in and around Los Angeles. 

  • Monday 3/1 – Metro is hosting its Active Transportation Summit. Learn about and give input on Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan. The summit takes place from 8 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. at the Metro Board Room at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. It is free, but Metro requests pre-registration here.
  • Tuesday 3/1 – The New Urbanism Film Festival opens its call for submissions – enter your short or long urbanist film for consideration for upcoming festivals. Details at NUFF.
  • Wednesday 3/2 – The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is hosting an open house for the Breed and Sheridan Elementary Schools Neighborhood Safety Improvement Project. The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. (arrive any time before 8:30 p.m.) at Boyle Heights City Hall at 2130 E 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event and on flier [PDF].
  • Friday 3/4 – It’s “March Forth” and L.A. Walks is hosting a fundraiser party to party to celebrate and support walking. It takes place at 6 p.m. at City Labs at 553 S. Clarence Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Los Angeles Walks.
  • Saturday 3/5 – Attend a community meeting to Make Jefferson Beautiful – including being safer for walking and bicycling. Jefferson improvements under consideration are tree planting and bike lanes. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Denker Recreation Center at 1550 W. 35th Place in South Los Angeles. Details at Facebook Event.
  • Saturday 3/5 – The Chinese American Museum hosts its annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival to mark the lunar new year. Come see community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks. The festival takes place from noon to 7 p.m. at the Chinese American Museum at 425 N. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the Plaza across from Union Station. Additional details at CAM and Facebook event.

Get your commemorative Gold Line grand opening TAP card this Saturday. Image via Metro

Get your commemorative Gold Line grand opening TAP card this Saturday. Image via Metro

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThere’s a lot going on this week: Metro will announce the opening date for Expo 2, L.A. City works with Breeze bike-share, Caltrans and Metro want a new flyover near USC, walking ambassadors, New Urbanism Films in Santa Monica, and plenty more. 

  • Monday 2/22 – Tonight The Culver City City Council is deliberating on a streetscape plan for Metro Expo Line Transit-Oriented Development. From renderings it appears that there may be gaps in bike lanes planned, and protected bike lanes may be downgraded to incomplete unprotected ones. Attend to show support for full protected bike lanes and supporting active transportation in the plan. The city council meets tonight starting at 7 p.m. at council chambers at 9770 Culver Boulevard in Culver City. Additional details on meeting agenda. Streetscape project details here.

Rendering of Caltrans planned new 110 Freeway ramp

Rendering of Caltrans planned new 110 Freeway ramp

  • Tuesday 2/23 – Attend a public hearing on the “Interstate 110 High-Occupancy Toll Lanes Flyover Project” which would build a new $40 million freeway ramp for more cars on MyFigueroa. Tuesday’s hearing is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Orthopedic Institute for Children, 403 West Adams Boulevard in South L.A. Additional details at L.A. Conservancy and NANDC2011 SBLA coverage here.
  • Wednesday 2/24 – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to decide a host of issues, including L.A. cooperation with Santa Monica’s Breeze bike-share, Ventura Boulevard streetscape, preferential parking districts, and more. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall room 1010.  Additional details on meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 2/24 – L.A. Walks kicks off its new Walking Ambassador program at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Angel City Brewery at
    216 S Alameda Street in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 2/24 – The New Urbanism Film Festival heads west – with a night of urbanist films at Laemmle Santa Monica. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Laemmle Monica Film Center at 1332 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Additional details at NUFF and Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/25 – What might overshadow this month’s Metro board meeting business will be the official announcement that phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line will officially be officially opening on May 21st. The announcement will take place around noon, after the conclusion of board business, which includes a proposed paid station parking pilot, a broad green practices motion, and more. The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at the Metro Board Room at One Gateway Plaza, behind Union Station. Additional details at Metro.
  • Friday 2/26 – Last chance to donate to Streetsblog to be entered into a raffle for great books by Janette Sadik-Khan or Gabe Klein. Donate now!
  • Saturday 2/27 – The Great Streets challenge grant event “Youth Envisioned Streets – YES! For a Healthier South L.A.” will take place take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Central Avenue from 33rd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. RSVP and share via Facebook event.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • Monday 2/29 – The Los Angeles Times hosts “The California Conversation: The Road Ahead.” Speakers include Eric Garcetti, Anthony Foxx, Phil Washington, Seleta Reynolds, Joseph Okpaku, Laura Lake, and Laura Nelson. The half-day conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the L.A. Central Library at 630 W. 5th Street in Downtown L.A. Additional information at L.A. Times.
  • Saturday 3/5 – Metro opens the new Foothill Gold Line extension to Azusa. More details next week – additional information at Metro.
  • Sunday 3/6CicLAvia – The Valley goes to the North San Fernando Valley.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLots going on this week. Don’t miss two great chances to hear Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn. There are meetings at Metro, on Boyle Heights redevelopment and policing, and on Crenshaw Rail impacts. There are two Great Streets celebrations to choose from on Saturday, plus Kidical Mass on Sunday. Plenty more, too, all the details below.

  • Tuesday 2/16 – Tonight – Second community workshop on future plans for the CRA-owned site at First Street and Boyle Avenue. The workshop takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Councilmember Jose Huizar’s Field Office at 2130 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. Details on flier.
  • Wednesday 2/17 – Thursday 2/18 – Metro’s Board of Directors holds its monthly committee meetings where business gets hashed out in advance of the February 25 board meeting. Agenda items include Metro’s new paid station parking trial and plenty more. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 2/18 – Catch a free screening of the documentary Bikes vs. Cars taking place at 6 p.m. at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, at 4700 Griffin Avenue in Northeast L.A. Details at Facebook Event.
  • Wednesday 2/17 – The L.A. chapter of the American Planning Association hosts Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn delivering a talk entitled “Transportation in the Next American City.” The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the SoCal Gas Tower Conference Area at 555 West 5th Street in downtown L.A. It is free for APA and Strong Towns members and students; tickets are $10 for non-members. Register here.
  • Thursday 2/18 – Days of Dialogue hosts a conversation with LAPD Hollenbeck Division about the future of policing in the Boyle Heights community. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Puente Learning Center at 501 S. Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights. Details at Days of Dialogue events page.
  • Thursday 2/18 – The Crenshaw Subway Coalition host a community town hall meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank Community Room, 5760 Crenshaw Boulevard in South L.A. Updates will be provided on the Coalition’s civil rights lawsuit against Metro, the on-going challenge of gentrification in the community, Metro’s plan for construction in Park Mesa Heights, and Metro’s proposal for a 2016 sales tax. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/18 – Architect and urban designer Doug Suisman will be the keynote speaker at the free Architecture & Beyond Lecture Series. Suisman’s talk goes from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. The free lecture series is supported by the Friends of the Los Feliz Library and the merchants of the Los Feliz Business Improvement District. For information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710 or see Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/18 – Check out Estilo Libre (freestyle): an open mic benefit for Proyecto Jardin from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the garden at 1718 Bridge Street in Boyle Heights. It will be a night to come on out and express yourself through poetry, rhythm, and flows to benefit Proyecto Jardin and Irvin Xochitla’s (local student and community activist) kidney transplant fund. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/18 – The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association hosts Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn giving his renowned Curbside Chat. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
  • Saturday 2/20 – T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Community Health Councils, Ride On! Bike Co-op, Studio MMD, and Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative host Street Beats, a free one-day music event promoting street safety. Street Beats takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3330 W Florence Avenue in South L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 2/20 – The Arid Lands Institute with CD6, Pacoima Beautiful, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, Emerging Terrain Architects, and Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative host “Connect the Dots.” There are numerous components of the street festival: a family-friendly bike ride (12:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (2 to 4 p.m.), community design workshops, and a block party (6 to 9 p.m.) all taking place at the San Fernando Valley City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard between Sylvan Street and Erwin Street. More details at Arid Lands Institute. Details on the family ride at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 2/21 – Flying Pigeon hosts North East L.A.’s Kidical Mass. The free family-friendly bike ride departs at 11 a.m. from Sycamore Grove Park at 4702 North Figueroa Street in Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.

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Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn in DTLA, Pasadena Next Week

Civil engineer and planning reformer Charles “Chuck” Marohn says small, incremental growth is more prosperous than large business parks, which he cautions can be a "Ponzi scheme." (Samuel Western/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

Strong Towns Chuck Marohn

One of my livability heroes, Chuck Marohn, is in Los Angeles next week giving a couple of talks. Marohn is the brains behind the organization Strong Towns. Marohn is a planner and engineer who is doing some of the most original, most valuable, most common sense thinking on urbanism and transportation.

I’ve learned a lot from Chuck Marohn’s articles and podcasts. He is insightful and often funny. Among his insights are looking at big roads from a fiscal perspective. I have long argued against conventional traffic engineering priorities from an environmental and safety perspective; Marohn taught me how this ill-considered infrastructure is also a huge fiscal drag on cities.

On Wednesday, February 17, the L.A. chapter of the American Planning Association hosts a Charles Marohn talk entitled “Transportation in the Next American City.” The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the SoCal Gas Tower Conference Area at 555 West 5th Street in downtown L.A. It is free for APA and Strong Towns members and students; tickets are $10 for non-members. Register here.

Here is the blurb from Strong Towns:

For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.

Join Strong Towns founder Charles “Chuck” Marohn and explore the relationship between a city or region’s long-range fiscal health and its transportation investment strategy.  Specifically, Chuck will make a budgetary case for prioritizing investments such as walkable streets in the central cores. He’ll address how these investments can protect local budgets, control the rise of property taxes, protect long-term affordability, and provide for enduring prosperity.

On Thursday, February 18, the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association hosts Chuck Marohn giving his renowned Curbside Chat. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Strong Towns describes the Curbside Chat as addressing these kinds of questions:

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Don’t miss Chuck Marohn next week! Register today. What are you waiting for?

 

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTransportation Committee, Sam Schwartz, bus service hearings, challenges to L.A.’s Mobility Plan, Ride4Love, Kidical Mass and more this week!

  • Wednesday 2/10 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to consider bike infrastructure, streetcar, and school safety zone speed limits. Details at agenda and special agenda.

Sam Schwartz reads from his new book on Wednesday night

Sam Schwartz reads from his new book on Wednesday night

  • Wednesday 2/10 – Former Traffic Commissioner of New York City “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz will present his new book on the evolution of urban transportation. Book celebration and signing goes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a meet and greet session until 7:30 p.m. at Vespaio at 225 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. RSVP to marketing [at] samschwartz.com.
  • Wednesday 2/10 – Metro is hosting its last two hearings on planned bus service changes. Wednesday’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at Metro Headquarters Building at 1 Gateway Plaza, Union Station Conference Room, located behind Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Details at The Source.
  • Thursday 2/11 – L.A.’s Mobility Plan 2035 faces off against some fairly hostile amendments at the 8:30 am meeting of the City Planning Commission in the Public Works Board Room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The agenda should be posted here shortly; staff report is here.
  • Thursday 2/11 –  Metro is hosting its final hearing on planned bus service changes. Thursday’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at Norwalk Arts and Sport Complex, Sproul Reception Center, at 12239 Sproul Street in Norwalk. Details at The Source.
  • Friday 2/12 – Art opening at Espacio 1839 showcasing the work of legendary Chicano photographer Oscar Castillo. Castillo has documented the Chicano community and movement in Los Angeles since the late 1960’s, from major political events to cultural practices to the work of muralists and painters. In capturing how social movements, cultural heritage, and everyday barrio life intersected with the urban environment, he painted a portrait of the soul of a community from a perspective of someone inside it. The event begins at 7 p.m. More details can be found here.
  • Saturday 2/13 – Wheel you be my Valentine? Santa Monica hosts 2nd annual Kidical Mass Valentine’s Day ride! The family ride takes place on from 9 a.m. to noon at Clover Park. RSVP to cory.keen [at] smgov.net by February 12th.
  • Saturday 2/13 – One of Watts’ signature events, the Ride4Love, hosted by the East Side Riders Bike Club, rides again this weekend. Now in its seventh year, the group bike ride will leave from the grand opening of the Hamwich Shack (1330 E Imperial Hwy, 90059), and take a slow, ten-mile tour through some of Watts’ best spots. Ride starts at 11 a.m. More details found here.
  • Saturday 2/13 – Community Services Unlimited hosts a South L.A. dance party and celebration of their efforts to bring an organic market to the Paul Robeson Center (ground is set to break this summer). The party will feature music from DJ Yucasoul, healthy valentine treats and meals (available for purchase), and a peek at CSU’s plans for their market site. Join them starting at 8 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center, 6569 S. Vermont (90044). More details found here.

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Great Streets Preview: February, March Challenge Grant Events

I heart Reseda Boulevard takes place tomorrow! Other Great Streets challenge grant activities happening later this month and next

I Heart Reseda Boulevard takes place tomorrow! Other Great Streets challenge grant activities happen later this month and next.

In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Challenge Grants received 30 applications from interested groups. Eight grant winners were announced in July. The grants go to community organizations to host temporary “pop-up” projects that help neighborhoods re-envision what their streets can be.

Since July, challenge grant awardees raised additional funds, which were matched by further city funding.

Now comes the season to enjoy the pop-up projects. A couple of challenge grant events have already happened, but most will get into full swing in February and March.

Below is a preview of Great Streets events coming up this month and next:

Saturday, February 6

[Re]Visit [Re]seda – on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge – hosted by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley with CD12, CSUN Urban Planning, Northridge Sparkle, Northridge South Neighborhood Council, LA-Más, and the Northridge Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow, enjoy poetry, coffee, fitness challenges, live music, and plenty of food choices as the I <3 Reseda festival takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on both sides of Reseda Boulevard, north and south of Rayen Street. More details at Reseda Blvd blog.

Saturday, February 20

Connect the Dots – on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys – hosted by the Arid Lands Institute with CD6, Pacoima Beautiful, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and Emerging Terrain Architects.

Enjoy a family-friendly bike ride (12:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (2 to 4 p.m.), community design workshops, and a block party (6 to 9 p.m.) taking place at the San Fernando Valley City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard between Sylvan Street and Erwin Street. More details at Arid Lands Institute.

Street Beats – on Crenshaw Boulevard in Hyde Park – hosted by TRUST South L.A. with CD8, Community Health Councils, Ride-On Bike Co-Op, SCOPE, and Studio MMD.

Join a one-day music-oriented festival at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue. Neighbors, DJs, dancers, and musicians will be creating music together. RSVP and share via Facebook event.

Saturday, February 27

Youth Envisioned StreetsYES! For a Healthier South L.A. – on Central Avenue in South L.A. – hosted by the National Health Foundation with L.A. Walks, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, and A Place Called Home.

YES will “engage young people in the planning process, collecting input from community members about the physical environment, and then building their dream world for a day.” The demonstration will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Central Avenue from 33rd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. RSVP and share via Facebook event.

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