URBANISM & DESIGN
Boyle Heights TOD Clears Hurdle
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday approved exclusive negotiation rights for a mixed-use commercial and affordable-housing complex next to the Metro Gold Line tracks in Boyle Heights.
Governments need to build large land banks around growing cities if they are serious about housing for all. Land around growing cities cannot completely be in private hands if prices are to come down, says Mr Enrique Penalosa, President, Board of Directors, Institute for Transportation & Development.....
Last Friday, cities and towns throughout the world celebrated Park(ing) Day, an event created to bring awareness to the importance of using and enjoying public space. Witnessing all those swaths of pavement transformed into plant-filled community gathering spaces (Streetfilms.org has a short film of San Francisco's Park(ing) Day) got me thinking about - given the tangential way my brain works - the process of land-banking. ....
This work is intended as a way of recognizing the path-breaking efforts of those in St. Louis, Cleveland, Louisville, Atlanta, Flint, and numerous smaller cities that have done so much in overcoming the barriers to building new communities in the wake of disinvestment. It is also designed to make it possible for other communities across the country to gain inspiration from the dreams and hopes of these urban pioneers, and to build upon their legal, structural, and social reforms.