Exploring the Enacted Environment of East L.A.

communities have shaped Los Angeles’s public life and landscapes in
distinct ways. . Activities such as street vending, the ubiquitous
display of hand-painted commercial signage and murals, frontyard nichos, and
the way in which people gather and interact on the street, in
driveways, and across the fences between their homes transform a static
landscape into one that is vivid, dynamic and "enacted." This tour will
explore formal and informal landscape interventions, and it will be led
by James Rojas, who is nationally recognized for his work on U.S.
Latino cultural influences on urban planning. Rojas holds
a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT. The free tour will wind
its way through East Los Angeles via the Gold Line Rail line on Sunday,
February 21, 2010 starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending a 4:00 p.m. For more information email
jamesrojas@alum.mit.edu or call 626 437-4446


The Week in Livable Streets Events

A late start to the week won’t prevent this week from being a major week for cyclists around Los Angeles County. However, the highlight of the week could be the "town hall meeting" being held by Senator Barbara Boxer and Secretary Ray LaHood on the re-authorization of the federal transportation trust fund downtown this Friday. […]

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 […]

Event Tonight: Latino Transportation Needs in Regional Planning

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently in the comment period of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). This twenty year plan (up to 2035) will set a long term framework for transportation investments for the six county SCAG- region (comprised of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties). Latinos are […]

L.A.’s DIY Complete Streets

(As I type these words, UCLA is hosting the Complete Streets for Los Angeles Conference in Downtown Los Angeles.  As you can guess, I’m not at the conference.  To provide coverage, we asked some of the presenters to allow us to publish their presentations.  First up: regular Streetsblog contributor James Rojas.  We’ll have more next […]