Get ready for a lot more housing near the Expo Line and other California transit stations if new legislation passes
January 4, 2018 - 3:34pm
A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across California under new legislation proposed by a Bay Area legislator.
Subject to some limitations, the measure would eliminate restrictions on the number of houses allowed to be built within a half-mile of train, light-rail, major bus routes and other transit stations, and block cities from imposing parking requirements. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, said the state needs the housing to address affordability problems, maximize recent multi-billion-dollar transit investments and help the state meet its climate change goals. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here
Rams, Chargers can feel the momentum building at Inglewood stadium site
January 4, 2018 - 2:59pm
As the Rams prepared to land at LAX after beating the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Christmas Eve, Kevin Demoff looked out the right side of the plane above Inglewood.
It has become habit for the team’s chief operating officer — go out on the road, win a big game, fly home and take out his phone to snap a picture of the 298-acre site that will be home for the Rams and Chargers in 2020. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here
Saving the Struggling Sunset Strip
January 3, 2018 - 1:59pm
The Sheriff ordered a 10 p.m, curfew for the Sunset Strip, the Whisky a Go Go considered changing its name to the non-alcohol associative “Whisk,” and rumors circulated that Jack Nicholson was one of the protesters that helped shut down the Strip to traffic as kids swarmed the famous street. Authorities were on edge, fearing a repeat of what they said were 1,000 young club goers “rioting” there. To read the entire WEHOville.com article click here.
A Vermont Avenue Subway Should Be A Priority For Metro
January 2, 2018 - 4:00pm
Thanks to Measure M and the Olympics, Los Angeles is rapidly building public transit projects, aiming to cast away its international reputation as a city where the only mode of travel is the car. These include extensions to the subway and light rail network as well as several bus rapid transit projects. But one omission is glaring: Vermont Avenue, south of Wilshire Boulevard. While Vermont is the second busiest bus corridor in the region, after Wilshire, the plan is to equip it with BRT, and not rail, even though weaker corridors around the area are slated for rail extensions. Why is this? To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.
With the rise of SpaceX and Rams stadium, Hawthorne's industrial areas are becoming hip
December 18, 2017 - 11:00am
The scent of beer spills into the brick-walled taproom at Los Angeles Ale Works, a craft brewery that opened earlier this year on a quiet industrial block in Hawthorne.
Behind the brewery, a boutique letter press company prints cards, wedding invitations and other stationery, while a woodworking shop a few feet away makes custom furniture. Nearby, a used Falcon 9 first-stage booster towers over the headquarters of rocket maker SpaceX and nearby warehouses that are increasingly filled with an eclectic mix of products, eateries and artists. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here
Draft Revitalization Plan Unveiled for Lower L.A. River
December 11, 2017 - 12:37pm
In 2015, legislation passed by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon initiated the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group. The group, which consists of community stakeholders and cities in Southeast L.A. County, has now unveiled its draft revitalization plan for the 19-mile segment of the concrete waterway between Vernon and Downtown Long Beach. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.
LAX Takes First Step Toward Construction of $5.5-Billion Landside Access Modernization Project
December 8, 2017 - 12:00am
Slowly but surely, LAX is moving forward with plans unsnarl the notorious traffic in its central terminal area.
Last week, the L.A. Business Journal reported that the airport was beginning the process of removing over 2,100 parking spaces at the LAX Economy Lot C. This will allow for the parking lot to be reconfigured to allow for work to proceed on LAX's $5.5-billion landside access modernization program. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here
Los Angeles’s $120 Billion Bet On Transit Innovation
December 4, 2017 - 10:18am
Now that Los Angeles has claimed the 2028 Olympics, it’s embarking on an ambitious effort to reduce congestion and transform the city’s transportation infrastructure. Last November, residents approved Measure M, a sales-tax increase that will give the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (known as Metro) an estimated $120 billion over 40 years for the overhaul. To read the entire FastCompany.com article click here.
How will booming Inglewood handle development around its new train stations?
November 21, 2017 - 2:49pm
Visit Inglewood a decade or two from now, and the city will likely look radically different. Adding to a multi-billion dollar NFL stadium, a new Metro rail line, and profuse real estate investment, city officials are in the early stages of creating zoning plans that could dramatically reshape two neighborhoods.To read the entire LA.Curbed.com article click here.
Downtown Streetcar to Pursue State Grant
November 21, 2017 - 2:21pm
New state legislation boosting funding to the California Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program could be a boon for the proposal to return streetcar service to Downtown Los Angeles. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.