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UN4LA's mission is to bring communities together to plan for a sustainable future. Growth must be shaped by community engagement, not developer dollars.
PURPLE LINE T.N.P. LOOKS LIKE MORE OF THE SAME
Last week the Department of City Planning (DCP) unveiled a so-called Transit Neighborhood Plan (TNP) for the communities surrounding the Purple Line Extension (currently under construction). Once again, the DCP is telling us that this current attempt at Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) will encourage transit ridership. City planners seem oblivious to the fact that they've made the same promise numerous times over the past 15 years, and Metro ridership is lower than it was 30 years ago. In reality the Purple Line TNP seems like another blatant effort to empower developers and sideline the community. Dick Platkin breaks it down in this article from CityWatch.
City Planning Initiates Update to Wilshire Community Plan
WHY WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR TREES
If you live in LA County, you've probably noticed that it's been pretty hot lately. Temperatures in the region are rising, and are expected to continue rising for the foreseeable future. Our first line of defense against extreme heat is our trees. Not only do they keep our communities cool, they also clean the air we breathe and assist with stormwater capture.
In November of last year Tree People released a report on the state of LA County's trees. While it finds that some cities are stepping up to preserve and expand their urban forest, we still have a long way to go. You can read the report by clicking on the link below.
Public Trees for Public Good:
An Assessment of Urban Forestry Management and Practices in Los Angeles County
THE NEED TO INVEST IN THE HARBOR AREA
While residents of the Central City often feel overwhelmed by endless waves of new development, other parts of LA have been neglected for decades, and City Hall doesn't seem to notice. James Preston Allen, Publisher of Random Lengths News, laments the lack of planning that has led to the decline of San Pedro and other Harbor communities.
Mistakes Come Back to Haunt the Harbor
HOW WILL INGLEWOOD GROW?
Inglewood is booming. Real estate investors are swarming to the city as the new Rams/Chargers stadium continues to take shape, surrounded by massive amounts of residential and retail development. This piece from KCET talks about impacts both good and bad that might be in store for Inglewood residents.
How Stadium Development Could Impact Inglewood