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June 17 2011

Los Angeles Street Vendor Economy: “Latino Urbanism”

June 17th, 2011Posted by 

Pring..pringgg…little bells and the yodeling of Tamaleeeees! is heard on Los Angeles’ Ceaser Chavez Boulevard. Street vendors fill the air with the smell of bacon wrapped hot dogs, their whistles and antojitos (treats )to suit your taste buds. On Sundays, once a month, all of Broadway Boulevard turns in to a tiangis (yard sale) where […]

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June 03 2011

Roach Coaches and Gourmet Food Trucks

June 3rd, 2011Posted by 

Foodies, like myself, love to discover through social media any eat-on-the-street, inexpensive made-to-order food. Independent-minded cooks find a food truck an appealing alternative to owning a stationary restaurant which carries high overhead costs. You can find anything from Sudhi burritos, Korean tacos, empanadas and soul food.

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May 20 2011

Campaigning and Fundraising Using Social Media Sites

May 20th, 2011Posted by 

One organization that is using new tools offered by companies like Global Site Plans to grow and build its advocacy campaigns is Next Aide.

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May 06 2011

Car-Centric Architecture and a Vision for Los Angeles

May 6th, 2011Posted by 

In a previous post one of our other bloggers, Jessica, wrote about the excitement of CicLAvia, “I believe if cities adopted a building style that considered cyclists, instead of being optimized for cars, this “Bikitecture” would promote safer and friendlier streets for the city.” Jessica, I could not agree with you more. The building style […]

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April 15 2011

How Urban Planners Can Assist in Creating a New Food System

April 15th, 2011Posted by 

Food is always on the minds of Americans – and urban planners. Here is how urban planning plays a key role in helping create local community-based food systems through urban design: They use  traditional tools such as community plan updates and zoning; They assist with economic development incentives to attract food growers by providing financial […]

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April 01 2011

What Will Bring People and Business Back to the Streets?

April 1st, 2011Posted by 

With the intention of planting a victory garden for a friend who just beat cancer we rode into the City of Montrose 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles to a nursery. I had my favorite nursery mapped out and I asked my friend Di why we would drive outside our city to find one. “Well,” […]

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March 18 2011

Los Angeles Approved Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance

March 18th, 2011Posted by 

After over a year, the LID (Low Impact Development) Ordinance has finally made it past the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.  On January 15th, the Board unanimously approved a draft LID ordinance requiring that rainfall from a three-quarter inch storm at newly built houses, developments, and certain redevelopments either be captured and reused or […]

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March 04 2011

How City Signs Instruct Good Design

March 4th, 2011Posted by 

While on vacation I have enjoyed photographing cities through their signs, sometimes graffiti, public works, and even window displays. I find that these add dimensions to cities in a way that most of us wouldn’t even think about.  In an age where we are constantly bombarded with media, it is easy to forget that we […]

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