The Boulevard, once merely a corridor to move cars, is enjoying a renaissance throughout Southern California.
Biking culture is blossoming with festivals like CicLAvia and an ambitious bike-share program in the city of Los Angeles; urban planners are jumping on the opportunity to create new pedestrian spaces with food trucks and public art; museums and businesses are coordinating to put on “First Fridays” art walks; and Measure R funds are ensuring that new subway extensions, light-rail and bus networks are getting built.
And the young ‘Millennial’ generation is increasingly bucking the trend of California’s car-obsessed culture by taking public transportation – where they can stay connected on their smart phones.
Is there hope for the city where no one walks? Patt talks with some of the region’s most cutting edge urban planners who are shaping the future of Southern California.
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the L.A. Times and author of the L.A. Times new series “On the Boulevards” which looks at Los Angeles’ changing boulevard culture
Doug Suisman, principal, Suisman Urban Design, an architectural and design firm that specializes in projects that enhance urban areas
Aaron Paley, co-founder of CicLAvia and president of Community Arts Resources, which organizes community events