Infrastructure in California: Legacies and Prospects

On April 5th, the USC Urban Growth Seminars and the USC Center for Sustainable Cities will host a seminar titled: “Infrastructure in California: Legacies and Prospects”

Below is a brief summary of the event:
Although popular culture casts Southern California as an international poster child for a lack of urban planning, some of the most lasting achievements in this region originated as infrastructure projects designed to achieve long-range planning goals. Federal public works projects produced lasting local achievements including Exposition Park, Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles City College, the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica City Hall, Arroyo Seco Parkway (the 110 Freeway) and the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. These enduring projects fostered tremendous amounts of economic and workforce development when they were developed and are an oft-forgotten legacy of long-range public investment.

Current projects such as California High Speed Rail, the 30/10 plan to accelerate transit investments in Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization and policy mandates for clean energy hold the potential for a “Green New Deal” investing in sustainable infrastructure, transitioning Southern California to a sustainable future and producing enduring benefits for generations to come.

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