13 December 2006

L.A.

L.A. is on the right track. We need to abandon suburban sprawl and make cities livable once more.

Two massive projects — the L.A. Live entertainment complex next to Staples Center and the Grand Avenue development on Bunker Hill — are underway. A third giant project, a major expansion of Universal City, was unveiled last week. All adhere to a much-ballyhooed planning strategy embraced by Los Angeles power brokers. The projects, at a combined cost of about $7.5 billion, follow what has become the big planning trend in Los Angeles and elsewhere: mixing dense housing, retail and office space in village configurations near mass transit. The idea is to foster "smart growth" — in which residents leave their cars behind, walk to shops, and take buses and rail to work.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bloomington, IN is doing some of that right now. The only problem is that there putting some longtime successful mom and pop businesses under.

Check out my friend's blog about the closing of a local diner. Best pie in town . . .

http://www.pin-the-tail.com/