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Metro Doesn't Need to Tunnel Through the Sepulveda Pass

"Metro has laid out six workable alternatives, but there may be a cheaper option that avoids the construction of a costly tunnel beneath the Santa Monica Mountains."
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Earlier this month, Metro released its initial concepts for a high-capacity transit line through the Sepulveda Pass, which would connect the Valley with the Westside. The agency is currently conducting a feasibility study for the corridor, and expects to complete its evaluation of the route across the Sepulveda Pass later this year and a connecting route from the Westside to LAX in 2019.

L.A. Urbanized: The Sparks of Downtown LA’s Boom

What launched DTLA's transformation?
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From the editor: “L.A. Urbanized” is a series of articles exploring why Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an urban revolution and what it means for the city’s future.  It documents the evolving development landscape of the region over the past few decades, identifies what key events brought about its urbanist turn, and considers what the impact of this transformation will be.  Urbanize LA will publish one chapter of the 9-part series each Monday from April 2 through May 28.

L.A. Urbanized: The Making of Los Angeles as a Global City

"Los Angeles in the late-twentieth century experienced a sudden burst of international immigration...that served to redefine the city."
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From the editor: “L.A. Urbanized” is a series of articles exploring why Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an urban revolution and what it means for the city’s future.  It documents the evolving development landscape of the region over the past few decades, identifies what key events brought about its urbanist turn, and considers what the impact of this transformation will be.

L.A. Urbanized: The Several "Revitalizations" of Downtown Los Angeles

A series of failed attempts at revival set the stage for a Downtown that could serve as the economic and cultural center of the region.
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From the editor: “L.A. Urbanized” is a series of articles exploring why Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an urban revolution and what it means for the city’s future.  It documents the evolving development landscape of the region over the past few decades, identifies what key events brought about its urbanist turn, and considers what the impact of this transformation will be.

L.A. Urbanized: Local Growth Politics and Development Patterns

"For much of LA’s history, that sense of vision for the region centered around boundless growth...[but] At a certain point during the 1970s and ‘80s, however, this set of ideals was largely turned on its head in the public discourse..."
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From the editor: “L.A. Urbanized” is a series of articles exploring why Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an urban revolution and what it means for the city’s future.  It documents the evolving development landscape of the region over the past few decades, identifies what key events brought about its urbanist turn, and considers what the impact of this transformation will be.  Urbanize LA will publish one chapter of the 9-part series each Monday from April 2 through May 28.

L.A. Urbanized: Introduction

"Los Angeles is transforming before our very eyes.... This series of articles will attempt to address the why and the so what related to the city’s transformation."
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From the editor: “L.A. Urbanized” is a series of articles exploring why Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an urban revolution and what it means for the city’s future.  It documents the evolving development landscape of the region over the past few decades, identifies what key events brought about its urbanist turn, and considers what the impact of this transformation will be.

Effort to Accelerate 28 Transit Projects Should Focus on L.A.'s Urban Core

Metro should build complete lines, rather than the current phased approach.
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Last month, Streetsblog LA reported that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was planning to announce a “28 by 28” program for transportation investment. This would entail completing 28 different projects listed under Measure M in advance of the 2028 Olympics.

Downtown Apartment Glut Provides Lesson on Supply and Demand

Recent reports point to a 12 percent vacancy rate in new apartments, but that number doesnt tell the whole story.
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KPCC recently reported that the apartment vacancy rate in Downtown Los Angeles is currently 12 percent, its highest point in the last 17 years.  This statistic was inevitably seized upon by both pro-growth and anti-growth advocates as evidence for their respective causes.  The proprietary data, which comes from the CoStar Group, is likely accurate but needs to be viewed in context.

What's Behind L.A. Metro Rail's High Operating Costs?

By some metrics, L.A.'s rail network is the most expensive in the United States.
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Metro systems around the developed world have a wide range of operating costs.  The spread appears to be a factor of two, with lower cost European and American systems – such as the London Underground and the Chicago “L” costing about half as much to operate per-mile as higher-cost older systems.

L.A.’s Olympics Deal Probably Doesn’t Mean Much for Los Angeles Transit

The region's transit expansion will occur parallel to - but not in tandem with - the return of the Olympics.
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