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Affordable Housing & Grand Boulevards @ SCANPH's 26th Housing Conference THURSDAY @JWMarriott

Answering the question of HOW DO WE DO IT? is Move LA ED Denny Zane, Urban Design Center's Sherri Franklin, and FAST Hilary Norton (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic). At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.


UCLA: Renters in LA More Financially Stressed Than in Any Other US City

UCLA says LA is the most unaffordable rental market in the US . . . and residents here have a lower median income than in either NYC or in San Francisco. Los Angeles has more renters than either city — about half of all residents rent.The UCLA study says LA has always been a tough housing market. People will meet this Thursday at SCANPH's 26th annual conference at the JW Marriott.


Garcetti, Bonin, Seleta Reynolds & Janette Sadik-Khan on Safer Streets

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has released a strategic plan to turn streets into safer "21st century" public spaces for everyone, with help from LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin, new LADOT chief Seleta Jewel . . . and former NYC Janette Sadik-Khan, credited with turning Times Square into a pedestrian friendly "crossroads of the world” -- meantime expanding bus service, bringing into existence the largest bike share in the US. and 400 miles of bike lanes.

She told a crowded UCLA auditorium that “New Yorkers now talk about traffic calming. . . bike sharing . . . way-finding. There is a completely different set of transportation options and designs on the streets of New York.”

She noted that younger people today are looking for choices that include not taking on the burden of car ownership.


LA Times: The Third Street Promenade Turns 25

The rebirth of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade in 1989 is one of then-Mayor Denny Zane's many legacies. "The promenade turned Santa Monica into a community with both a beach and a quality urban environment," Denny tells the LA Times, which notes that it was an "urban planning gamble that paid off spectacularly." Read more here.

The Source: Top 10 Most Popular Metro Station Bikeshare Suggestions

LA Metro has a list of 515 crowd-sourced recommendations on which rail stations should feature bikeshares — all in DTLA except for one at the Expo Park/USC station and another in downtown Santa Monica . . . Read more.

60% Increase in New Bike-Share Programs

Bike-sharing had a banner year in 2013, with a 60% increase in new programs launched worldwide. That momentum hasn’t flagged; 68 cities around the world have launched bike-share programs this year, says Russell Meddin, who manages The Bike-Sharing World Map. That’s an average of two a week, and it brings the total number of bike-share programs internationally to 730.

Taxis vs. Ridesourcing Companies: Carsharing Market Overview, Analysis and Trends

This UC-Berkeley study compares the roles of taxis and ridesourcing companies in urban transportation, and asks whether ride-sourcing complements or competes with public transit and the impact on VMT.

Among the findings:

  • Ridesourcing wait times are markedly shorter and more consistent than the wait for taxis

  • Ridesourcing users tend to be younger, to own fewer cars, and to more often travel with companions

The conclusion? Ridesourcing fills an important urban mobility gap.

One-fifth of All New Housing Built in DTLA in Past 15 Years!

In a city of 470 square miles, DTLA is just a 5-square-mile speck, barely 1% of the land area. And yet, since 1999, approximately one-fifth of all residential construction has occurred there. And there's lots more coming. Nearly 20,000 units have been built since the approval of the adaptive reuse ordinance in 1999. Another 20,000 are in the development pipeline and likely to be built in the next 5-10 years. This has made DTLA a Walker's Paradise, a Top 5 World Destination, and America's Next Great City.

But it doesn't bode well for affordability . . .

Very interesting story on the Better Institutions website.

Denny Zane Does The Math: Measure R Costs 8 Cents/Day/Person

Check it out:
1) The Measure R half-cent sales tax yielded $700 million for transportation last year in LA County;
2) The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation says 58% of the proceeds are paid by businesses and visitors;
3) The rest of LA County residents are paying 42% of the $700 million = $290 million;
4) There are 10 million people in LA County so each pays an average of $29/year;
5) $29 a year divided by 365 days = 8 cents a day.

That's not bad for an expanding transit system.

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