Sustainable Sundays at the Natural History Museum

Local urban
planner/community activist James Rojas is Building Sustainable L.A! His
interactive urban planning art project allows participants to
reinvasion a green LA by using a medley of found objects.  Participants
are invited to place these objects on a plot plan of the city and
become part of the constantly changing urban environment.  This project
allows people get comfortable with the city and channel their inner
urban planner, envisioning public and civic amenities.

Rojas’ model is up throughout the day, and he’s speaking at 12:30 p.m. As co-founder of the Latino Urban Forum, an advocacy group of architects, planners and activists, he will talk about Latino
settlement patterns in the U.S. Because of the way the Latinos retrofit
the auto-oriented built form — with walking, the use of public transit
and street vending — they are, advertently or not, transforming the
suburbs into sustainable places.


Separate but Eco: Livable Communities for Whom?

Note: The authors are active advocates in the urban sustainability movement, focusing on non-motorized transportation in low-income urban areas. As mixed race women of color, we believe that we are in a unique position to bridge the advocacy communities trying to better conditions for the urban poor and for the environment. In this series, we […]

Pushing Planning Boundries in Santa Monica with James Rojas

(editor’s note: This story is written by James Rojas, who’s sustainable transportation models have been featured here at least three times in the past.  His most recent model, one of a Santa Monica geared towards cyclists and pedestrians, can be viewed at the 18th Street Art Gallery in Santa Monica until March 27 as part […]

James Rojas on a Future Without Cars

When Rojas Speaks, People Build Urban Models (Editor’s Note: On November 7, Antioch University hosted a forum entitled "A Future Without Cars."  Professors, urban planners, and bike activists all spoke about how Los Angeles deserves a car-free future.  Urban planner, Metro staffer and leader of the Latino Urban Forum led a workshop on pedestrian planning.  […]

Site LA Hosts Workshop on Future of Transportation

An Urban Planner of the Future Explains the Virtue of Density Last night Site LA  hosted a workshop where invitees were invited to plan for the ideal city of the future.  Attendees were encouraged not to think in terms of what is practicable but to assume that they had a magic wand and could just […]

Transit-Oriented Development and Communities of Color: A Field Report

(This article first appeared in Progressive Planner, the official magazine of the Planner’s Network and is reprinted with the author’s permission.  Gen Fujioka is the senior policy advocate with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. This article was written in collaboration with the Urban Communities of Color Caucus which seeks to advance […]