Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: 'Pedestrian Pete' Has a Bone to Pick
Meet Pedestrian Pete, otherwise known as Houston notable Peter Brown. Brown, a former city council member and director of the urbanism group Better Houston, is conducting an ongoing video critique of this Texas city's pedestrian environment...
Blogosphere: Can Detroit Build Way to Success?
If you look at the typical…
A team of national developers will take over the stalled effort to turn the barren property surrounding the El Monte bus station into a village of homes and shops, city officials announced this week. The City Council authorized city staff to enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement with four developers - the Related Companies, Primestor Development, Lee Homes and McCormack Baron Salazar.... Read O
City officials will announce their latest vision for the El Monte Transit Village development project at a town hall meeting Thursday night. Officials will update the community "about progress made, changes, and what has transpired since June of last year," said Minh Thai, interim deputy city manager for comunity development.... Read On
While the District Attorney continues investigating fraud allegations surrounding the developers of the El Monte Transit Village, city officials are taking steps to move the project forward. The City Council agreed Tuesday to lease 3.5 acres adjacent to the project site, off Santa Anita Avenue and the Interstate 10, where a Chevrolet dealership used to stand.....
State and local elected leaders have for
years championed a $1.2 billion Titan Group development that would
bring homes and retail shops around the city's bus terminal. And many of them also have received money from the
developer's CEO John Leung, who has since resigned his post. The
resignation came after El Monte police announced one week ago that
Leung and business partner Jean Lang were under investigation in a
fraud and embezzlement case....
The El Monte Transit Village
The City of El Monte is the tenth largest city in Los Angeles County with a population of nearly 114,000. The City of El Monte has worked extensively over the last several decades to revitalize key commercial areas, including Downtown El Monte. This case study focuses on one of the City’s efforts, the El Monte Transit Village, which is located between Downtown El Monte and Interstate 10.
The City of El Monte is located in the central San Gabriel Valley, just to the west of the intersection of Interstates 10 and
605. The San Gabriel Valley represents nearly a cross-section of the regional Los Angeles population in terms of ethnic mix, income mix and jobs. While many consider the San Gabriel Valley to be a suburban feeder for the City of Los Angeles, it in fact accommodates 20 percent of the population of Los Angeles County, and 18 percent of the County’s jobs. Figure 2 shows that while job densities are not quite as high near the City…