Turning the Corner: Progress Is Not Dead, Trump Is Not the Future

PhD candidate, Anthony Orlando, writes an op-ed about Los Angeles voters and Measure S within the larger political context:

The voters of Los Angeles have taken a stand—and the world should pay heed.

“Measure S,” the ballot initiative defeated in yesterday’s election, was not just a local issue. True, it would only have halted high-rise construction in one city. But like Brexit, like the election of Donald Trump, its effect would have been global.

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

This episode features a discussion of David Ulin’s Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Ulin’s long essay/memoir is a meditation on moving through and defining his relationship with the sprawling diversity that is the City of Angels. The book begins with an essay on how walking can be a way to discover the city (any city or town) through serendipity.

LA2050 and Crowdsourcing Philanthropy for LA’s Future

Ever crowdsourced something for yourself? Imagine doing that for a whole city. Listen to the most recent episode of LA#Itself to learn about LA2050, the Goldhirsh Foundation’s ambitious philanthropic “initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles.”

Welcome to “Los Angeles Hashtags Itself,” the Podcast

In this six-episode, limited series podcast, we will hear from representatives of various Angeleno private and public organizations leading the critical trend of using digital media for urban and social development. We will speak with a community benefit organization, a cultural journalism outlet, a media artist, a private developer, a technology company executive, and a transportation specialist. This diverse group serves as both a reminder and an analytical insight that digital media are neither just “useful” nor peculiar to the sharing and cultural economies, but fast becoming standard to the practice of material and social placemaking. Further, the podcast will elucidate for Bedrosian listeners the guests’ sectoral commonalities and differences, illuminating the shifting context in which planning, policy, and development operate in contemporary city making. We hope you enjoy.

The Global Street: Why indeterminate space matters – Keynote by Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen gave this keynote address at Contesting the Streets II, on October 2, 2015. This symposium brings together scholars and practitioners in dynamic dialogue about the global trends and controversies over vending in public space. Sponsored by SLAB, the Spatial Analysis Lab at USC Price; The César E. Chávez Department for Chicana/o Studies at UCLA,…

Congratulations to Lisa Schweitzer, winner of ACSP Marcia M. Feld Award

Professor Lisa Schweitzer has been selected to receive the 2015 Marcia M. Feld Leadership Award given biannually by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). This award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership to ACSP. Professor Schweitzer chaired the ACSP Faculty Women’s Interest Group from 2010 to 2013, energizing that organization through her outreach to…

Schweitzer’s new review of Majoritarian Cities by Neil Kraus

Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor and Bedrosian Center faculty affiliate, reviewed the book Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics by Neil Kraus in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association. “What drives local policy decisions? In Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics, political scientist Neil Kraus…

Sloane, colleagues win planning journal’s most innovative paper award

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor David Sloane and Price PhD alumni Ellen Shiau and Bryce Lowery won an award for co-authoring the most innovative paper to appear in the academic journalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design for 2014. Titled “The Prospects and Problems of Integrating Sketch Maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)…

A Los Angeles Plan to Reshape the Streetscape Sets Off Fears of Gridlock

Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor and Bedrosian Center faculty affiliate, spoke with The New York Times about the new Los Angeles’ new transportation plan: Mobility Plan 2035. Some of the initial reactions have been that increasing balance for all modes of transportation will create more gridlock. Schweitzer said, ““Even if more people don’t commute by bike or on…

Bedrosian at APA Seattle 2015

Ron Sims, Bedrosian Advisory Board member, gave the keynote kickoff at this year’s American Planning Association (APA) National Conference in Seattle, WA. His message was clear and became the rally of the conference: “Planners are critical to the welfare of our communities.” “Planners are charged not with the present, but guiding us into the future” -Ron Sims…