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Los Angeles Has a Hugely Ambitious Sustainability pLAn - Will it Succeed?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“We hope to get rid of ornamental lawns and put in more native plants.” Los Angeles, known for its extensive car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture and aiming for zero waste.[read more]

In Los Angeles, Autopia Meets Noir

June 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Even Blade Runner features cars at the end of the original version

“L.A. Noir” is a special kind of noir found in classic films like Double Indemnity (seen above), Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, and Blade Runner. Architectural historian Reyner Banham defined four facets of Los Angeles' urban landscape: Surfurbia, The Foothills, Plains of Id and Autopia. It's Autopia that has featured most in movies like these.[read more]

One of LA's Most Troubled Neighborhoods is Getting a Transit-Oriented Development and "Green Streets"

May 25, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Transit-Oriented Development and Green Streets

Fifty years after famously being besieged by devastating, deadly riots that gripped the nation, the long-neglected Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles is moving forward with an exciting new revitalization partnership that envisions a transformed "Main Street," transit-oriented development, and state-of-the-art "green streets", among other features.[read more]

Re:code LA: Updating Los Angeles' 1946 Zoning Code

April 7, 2015 by The Global Grid

LA's Old Zoning Codes

Re:code LA, an ambitious process to update the zoning code in Los Angeles, is undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest projects, in addition to new plans guiding health and transportation. Zoning code refers to city regulations on the physical development of land – we can think of it as the DNA of city development.[read more]

How New Ordinances Will Revitalize Los Angeles River Communities

March 31, 2015 by The Global Grid

Using planning policy to improve communities.

In recent years, momentum has been building finally to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity and to use planning policy to improve its communities. After many years of painful neglect, the river now has the potential to help nurture future communities and public spaces.[read more]

Los Angeles' Eco-Village Proves Intentional is Possible in Urban Settings

March 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

LA Eco Village

In an area consisting of two city blocks in the intensely-urban, working-class neighborhood of Koreatown, the Los Angeles Eco-Village is actually one of the few intentional communities that exist in Los Angeles. But what exactly is an eco-village?[read more]

Los Angeles Announces New Plans in Anticipation of "The Big One"

February 5, 2015 by The Global Grid

LA and Urban Earthquake Prep

Scientists conclude that Los Angeles (along with other cities that borders the southern section of the San Andreas fault) is long overdue for a major earthquake that many call “The Big One.” Mayor Garcetti has recently announced a new plan called “Resilience by Design” to help address some of the city’s greatest vulnerabilities to earthquakes.[read more]

Q&A: L.A. Food Policy Council’s Clare Fox on Building a Network, Overcoming Disenfranchisement in L.A.’s Food System

December 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Clare Fox is the Director of Policy and Innovation for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. In this role, she collaborates with a large network of food advocates and public and private sector partners to catalyze projects and build leadership capacity build Southern California’s local food system.[read more]

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles' Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 24, 2014 by The Global Grid

Gentrification and the Urban Poor

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Officials are uncertain if that number is accurate due to the difficulty of conducting a full survey of the population.[read more]

Land Trust Secures Vacant Lots for Urban Agriculture, Recreation in LA's Underserved Neighborhoods

December 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

LA and Urban Farming

Founded in 2002, the LA Neighborhood Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that identifies underutilized space in a 475-square miles area in and around Los Angeles, and transforms it into green space for urban agriculture and community recreation projects.[read more]

Women in Food: Sasha Kanno Brings Sustainable Farming to LA Suburb

December 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Southern California resident Sasha Kanno, 38, cares so much and so deeply about where food for her friends and family comes from that she started a nonprofit biodynamic farm and training/education center in Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles.[read more]

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 28, 2014 by The Global Grid

Urban Agriculture in LA


It appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles, California. In particular, there are several highly innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture that have recently come onto the political horizon, and could greatly affect this burgeoning field.[read more]