Last month, The Urban Land Institute Los Angeles convened at the Reef for its annual Urban Marketplace event.  The 2017 event, titled "Make a Deal, Make a difference," brought together professionals from a variety of industries to discuss the challenges facing developers and planners in modern Los Angeles.

Here is a look at some of the reactions from this year's event:

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit