Reinventing Our Streets
LASC seeks innovative solutions for more sustainable transportation options, urban planning, and design that promotes clean air and fosters healthy, vibrant, and active communities throughout the Los Angeles region.
Problem: The Los Angeles region is challenged with a decaying transportation system that limits options beyond the automobile, a deficit of park-space, and a variety of other complex issues that will require the region to take a fresh look at our historical approaches to urban planning and design.
Goal: LASC’s “Reinventing our Streets” initiative identifies new visions for the region’s urban fabric that can both protect the regions unique qualities and cultures, while also solving the complex environmental and sustainability issues.
A Few Recent Project:
In response to a proposed state-wide policy that would require local governments to reform parking policies and practices, LASC’s report Implementing Parking Reform in Los Angeles explored how these mandates might impact Los Angeles. The report was designed to help policymakers, urban planners, environmental advocates, and community members in Los Angeles better understand the consequences of the city’s current parking policies as well explore innovative strategies to make our streets and communities more sustainable.
Cap parks, also referred to as highway or deck parks, are built over segments of below-grade freeways. Policy makers are considering major cap park proposals for the Los Angeles region, including Hollywood Central Park, PARK 101 in downtown, and two smaller cap parks in Santa Monica. LASC’s policy briefing paper discusses the pros and cons of cap parks, studies four examples of cap parks built elsewhere, describes current cap park proposals, and addresses the barriers and constraints to implementing cap parks in the Los Angeles region.
LASC’s Urban Bike Project is an ongoing research initiative focused on investigating how increased investments in bicycle infrastructure and public education may help Los Angeles County meet a variety of its environmental sustainability goals. Our report Cycling in Los Angeles presented finding from our survey of Los Angeles area bicyclists on their experiences, preferences, and knowledge of safety. The data had ramifications for prioritizing effective types of bicycle investments during a critical time in the development of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan.