Tag Archives: News Articles

May – June News Articles

From Los Angeles Daily News:

Wanted: Companies to install free wireless Internet service throughout L.A.

“Wireless Internet service would be free across Los Angeles under an ambitious plan unveiled Wednesday by Los Angeles City Hall leaders.”


Also see the official press release from Council District 3: http://citylinkla.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Press-Release.pdf

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of LADOT, weighs in on community engagement and Public/Private Partnerships in an Op/Ed article for Crosscut.com:

Guest Opinion: For U.S. cities, a way out of transportation troubles

“If cities across the U.S. are going to rise to the transportation challenges we face, then ‘partnership’ is a word that must become second nature to all of us — from transportation professionals to the people we serve.”


From LAMayor.org via Metro Transportation Library:

LA Ranked #1 in US City Open Data Census

“’Los Angeles is leading the way in defining what it means to be a world-class digital city, especially in the realm of open data.'”


From SF Gate via Metro Transportation Library:

California’s economy is world’s second greenest

“The Golden State has the world’s second least carbon-intensive economy, according to a new study from public policy group Next 10.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

Metro To Vote On Bike-Share Contract With Vendor Bicycle Transit Systems

“At its June 25 monthly meeting, the Metro Board will be voting on the contract for the initial phase of what is now optimistically called ‘Metro Countywide Bikeshare.'”


April 1- 13 News Articles

From LA Observed via StreetsBlog LA:

100 years ago today, the Valley made Los Angeles big

“The ranchers and townsfolk of the lightly populated San Fernando Valley voted overwhelmingly to join the small city of grand ambitions on the far side of the mountains — Los Angeles.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

Garcetti Unveils “Sustainable City pLAn” Includes Transportation and Livability Goals

“The environmental plan [PDF] describes itself as ‘a roadmap for a Los Angeles that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all — now and over the next 20 years.'”


From StreetsBlog LA:

City of L.A.’s First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes: Reseda Boulevard

“Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever parking-protected bike lanes. They’re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor’s Great Streets Initiative.”


From LA Times:

Report: Converting Metro’s Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion

“Converting the San Fernando Valley’s dedicated busway to light rail would cost well over $1 billion, but may become necessary if ridership along the route continues to grow, according to a new analysis.”


From 89.3 KPCC:

 Watch a decade of growth in LA’s bike infrastructure

“The data show that, in 2005, the city of Los Angeles had 245 miles of bike infrastructure: bike lanes, bike paths and streets where drivers are alerted to share the road by bike signs and markings. In the decade since then, the system had more than doubled to 562.25 miles of bike lanes, paths and routes.”


News Articles March 12 – 26

From CicLAvalley:

CicLAvia Recap: What it Meant to the Valley

“The point is this: Yesterday we saw the valley in a whole other light. We had a glimpse into what part of the future may look like.”


From The Atlantic CityLab:

Mapping the Next Major California Earthquake

“The researchers who made this map say it’s “inevitable” California will suffer destructive earthquakes in the future.”


From The Planning Report via Planetizen:

LA City’s re:code—Pitched as Simplifying City’s Complex & Opaque Zoning Code

“The City of LA is undergoing a five-year process to re-write the language of its antiquated zoning code. TPR spoke with Tom Rothmann, a Senior City Planner for the City of LA, about the effort.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

Metrolink Hires Art Leahy As CEO, To Start April 2015

“The Metrolink board of directors voted unanimously this morning to hire Art Leahy as CEO.”


From Los Angeles Daily News:

Westfield purchase of Promenade AMC aligns company with Warner Center 2035 master plan

“The purchase ‘underscores Westfield’s long-term belief in the strength of L.A.’s Warner Center, while providing the company a unique opportunity to consider a range of prospects and alternatives over time,’ Greg Miles, Westfield U.S. chief operating officer, said in a statement.”


From StreetsBlog USA:

Making the Case for Complete Streets

“Redesigning streets to make room for people is a no brainer. ‘Complete streets’ projects that calm traffic and provide safe space for walking and biking save money, reduce crashes and injuries, and improve economic outcomes.”


News Articles from February 26 – March 11, 2015

From The Los Angeles Daily News:

Village at Westfield Topanga to open in September, Sears and Macy’s to get major makeover

“The $350 million Village at Westfield Topanga being built in Warner Center will open in September, and two adjacent malls will get major renovations, Westfield Corp. announced Monday.”


From The Atlantic Citylab:

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

“15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.’s historic built environment has just launched.”


From The California Sunday Magazine via StreetsBlog LA:

Auto Correction: L.A. Rethinks its Car Culture

“Where public transit in L.A. used to be the mode of necessity for those who couldn’t afford a car, it’s become a lifestyle choice for increasing numbers of residents.”


From The Atlantic CityLab:

With Less Pollution, L.A. Kids Are Growing Stronger Lungs

“That’s according to researchers at the University of Southern California who spent 20 years following school kids in the L.A. Basin. They say children they monitored from 2007 to 2011—specifically those aged 11 to 15—have much better lung development than a similarly aged group did in the 1990s.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

Press Reports: Denver’s Phil Washington to Be Named New Metro CEO

“L.A. Observed is reporting that Phillip A. Washington will be the new CEO of Metro.”


News Articles From October 2014

From The San Fernando Valley Business Journal:

Daily News Site Mixed-Use Project OK’d

“The South Valley Area Planning Commission denied an objection Thursday night against a planned mixed-use project at the former Los Angeles Daily News headquarters site, paving the way for the first project under the area’s new specific plan.”


From StreetsBlog LA:

Metro Updates: Rail-to-River, Complete Streets, BRT, & More

“Metro Orange Line BRT Signalization Changes Ready to Go”


From StreetsBlog USA via Metro Transportation Library:

By a Wide Margin, Americans Favor Transit Expansion Over New Roads

“If only our nation’s spending priorities more closely tracked public opinion: A new poll [PDF] from ABC News and the Washington Post finds that when presented with the choice, Americans would rather spend transportation resources expanding transit than widening roads.”