3.19.13- 4.4.13

From Los Angeles Business Journal:

Job Losses Hit L.A.

“L.A. County’s economy took a big hit in January as more than 81,000 payroll jobs were lost and the unemployment rate edged up to 10.4 percent, according to revised state figures released Friday.”


From the Daily News Los Angeles:

San Fernando Valley Home Prices Spike

“Home prices in the San Fernando Valley jumped nearly 19 percent in February to their highest level since March 2008 amid flat sales, a trade association said Tuesday.”


From the Daily News Los Angeles:

Southern Calfornia Rents on the Rise at Mortgage Qualifying Gets Tougher

“Today, qualifying for a mortgage has become difficult for many aspiring young buyers, keeping them in rental properties longer, real estate experts say.”


From the Daily News Los Angeles:

New Home Sales Up, Foreclosures Down in Southern California

“The Southland’s housing market is heating up as prices have popped to their highest level in six years, new home sales are increasing and foreclosure activity is on the wane, according to reports released Tuesday.

In the Los Angeles metro area, home prices increased 10.2 percent in December from a year earlier, according to the S&P Case Schiller Home Price index. “


From The Source via StreetsBlog LA:

San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Offers Interesting List of Transit Priorities- Check it Out

“The above list of projects recommended recently by the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments are just that — recommendations. And, as usual, funding is always an issue.”

San Fernando Valley Council of Governments offers interesting list of transit priorities — check it out

From DC StreetsBlog via StreetsBlog LA:

Study: Homes Near Transit Were Insulated From the Housing Crash

“If you live close to a transit station, chances are you’ve weathered the recession better than your friends who don’t.”


From Fast Company Co.Exist via Planetizen:

Los Angeles to Ditch Coal Power Completely by 2025

“The city will reduce demand and convert to natural gas, showing that real work on better climate and energy policy might come from the city level, not the feds.”


From Curbed LA via Planetizen:

New Development Not Top Priority for Union Station Area Plan

“The Union Station Master Planners released a project update this week, laying out how they intend to move forward with the enormous task of improving the historic station and the 40ish acres around it.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

MyFigueroa Unveils New Designs: Promises Cycletracks, Transit Lanes and More for South Fig, MLK, and 11th

“The newly released images don’t look quite as dramatic as the ones shown a in 2011, but still promise bus only lanes, new transit waiting areas, fixed sidewalks, zebra crosswalks and the minor issue of separated bike lanes, proudly marked as “cycletracks” in MyFigueroa’s promotional materials.”

MyFigueroa Unveils New Designs: Promises Cycletracks, Transit Lanes and More for South Fig, MLK, and 11th

From Greater Greater Washington via Metro Library and Archive:

Compare the Neighborhood Density of US Urban Areas

“Last week’s post about census tract density in the DC area showed which neighborhoods inside the Beltway are densest. Now let’s look at the densest spots in the core areas of other large cities. “


From StreetsBlog LA:

Metro Takes a Stand on Cap and Trade Funds: Spend Them on Sustainable Transportation

“As part of today’s Metro Board meeting, the Board of Directors passed a motion calling on the state’s Air Resources Board to spend funds collected through the state’s cap and trade program on sustainable transportation funding.”

Metro Takes a Stand on Cap and Trade Funds: Spend Them on Sustainable Transportation

From San Fernando Valley Business Journal:

L.A. Economy Adds Jobs

“The city of Los Angeles added more than 30,000 jobs in February, dropping the unemployment rate by more than a point from the 11.4 percent of a year earlier, according to state figures released Friday.”


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