As the United States’ prototypical car-oriented freeway town, Los Angeles continues to edge its way toward becoming aÂ pedestrian-friendly metropolis. The city’sÂ Great Streets Initiative, a program intended to redesign public space to be more pedestrian- and cyclist-friend, officially moved forward this weekÂ as Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the first 15 streets that will be targeted for improvement throughout the city.
Last Thursday in his keynote address to the Transit Oriented Los Angeles conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of the “Great Streets Initiative.” Â In an executive directiveâ€”his first since taking office on June 30â€”Garcetti outlined a program that “will focus on developing streets that activate the public realm, provide economic revitalization, and support great neighborhoods.” Continue reading after the jump.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week named Global GreenÂ CEO Matt Petersen as the cityâ€™s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer. Peterson, according to the mayor’s office,Â will be tasked with “making the city’s departments greener and neighborhoods healthier, and fulfilling Garcetti’s campaign promise of creating 20,000 new green jobs.” Peterson should also have his hands full, not only getting each city department to cooperate, but on thorny issues like regulation of the city’s ports and transit corridors.
Global Green, if you’re wondering,Â is a non-profit dedicated to “advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.” Since its founding almost 20 years ago it has organized design competitions, testified in congress, Â hosted awards, and raised money on behalf of green causes.
In case you’ve missed it (and you certainly wouldn’t be alone), Los Angeles is voting for mayor tomorrow. And if you’re an architect, planner, or design lover, you probably want to know who will serve your interests. There are a number of resources, starting, of course, with the candidates’â€”Eric Garcetti’s and Wendy Greuel’sâ€” web sites. You should also have a look at the AIA/LA’s groundbreaking candidates’ forums, moderated by city planning commissioner Bill Roschen and LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Among so many other debates, another favorite was this one, hosted by KCRW radio host Warren Olney.
Long a haven for architects, artists, and other creative types, Silver Lake needs no introduction. Itâ€™s enough to drive by the iconic Sunset Junction sign to know youâ€™re in the heart of LA’s bohemian world (although hipsters in Echo Park might argue). Come 2012, that sign might be getting some serious competition.
Early this month, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, and Silver Lake community groups announced the launch of â€œEnvisioning Silver Lake,â€ a design competition meant to squeeze some neighborly love from the hearts and brains of local creatives.Â The call covers concept designs for a plaza and a permanent installation on Sunset Junction, at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards.