Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Los Angeles

When Cities Force Developers to Widen Roads, Everyone Loses

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It’s a common practice for cities to make developers widen a street when they put up a new building. The thinking is that development creates car trips that must be accommodated with more asphalt. But new research suggests these policies don’t help anyone. The main effect is to increase the cost of building, making housing less affordable. “As traffic management […]

Can LA Make “Great Streets” If the Mayor Won’t Stand Up for Good Design?

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Los Angeles, with its expanding transit network, is supposed to be in the process of shedding its cocoon of car-centricity and emerging, in the words of a recent Fast Company headline, as America’s “next great walkable city.” The city’s streets, however, didn’t change a whole lot under former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. When Eric Garcetti was elected mayor in 2013, advocates thought […]