- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: APA Planners Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611900042
- ISBN-13: 978-1611900040
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Planning Los Angeles 1st Edition
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Los Angeles presents a planning challenge of global/local importance. These newly minted, masterful essays honestly face the losses and gains of planning in a City of Angels that belongs to all of us. -- Kevin Starr, University of Southern California
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David C. Sloane is a professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.
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*Los Angeles's car-oriented streets were shaped in large part by the city's 1924 Major Traffic Street Plan, which created a grid of widened streets; by contrast, a similarly ambitious plan for parks was never implemented. One essay suggests that the Chamber of Commerce opposed the plan because it did not give them enough power (though that doesn't make sense to me because they could have lobbied for amendments).
*The city has aggressively downzoned in recent decades, causing a housing shortage and high rents. Until the 1960s, developers and homeowners usually agreed. But once the city's open land started to dwindle, infill became more popular with developers, causing tensions with homeowners.
*Los Angeles is much more like its suburbs than most cities- whether you look at the city's ethnic diversity or its poverty rate or its density levels and urban form.
*Why didn't Los Angeles build new rail in the 1950s and 1960s? In 1948, the city council voted a rail proposal 8-6. Suburban business interests lobbied against it, because they had no interest in making it easier for people to reach downtown stores.
*The city tried to subsidize downtown housing in the 1980s without much success. But once the city modified regulations that precluded such housing (such as parking/setback/density rules designed for suburbs), landowners were able to reuse older buildings and downtown started to become residential.