“Being in city government is exciting in that you have the opportunity to invent projects. You can see a need or opportunity to fix a problem, figure out how you approach that problem, and then craft a project around it.” – Looking back the projects completed and initiatives started in 2016.
February: Glendale City Council and staff visit Klyde Warren Park in Dallas to learn lessons for Space 134.
March: The latest vision plan for Space 134 is approved by Glendale City Council.
March: I and other members of the Pasadena Design Commission tour recently completed projects to see successes, failures and near misses.
April: The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design releases the long-awaited Dingbat 2.0 publication, in which I am one of many contributing authors.
June: We take Metro staff on a walking tour of the Tropico transit oriented district.
June: I moderate a panel on Parklets and Open Streets for Peds Count 2016 conference. Happy to share the podium with Michael Bohn from Studio One Eleven, Brian Wallace of Pasadena Playhouse District, Ryan Johnson of Alta Planning Design, Alek Bartrosouf of SCAG’s Go Human.
July: Plans to redevelop the Parsons parking lots on the edge of Old Pasadena are approved by Pasadena Design Commission during my term as Commission Chair | Architecture by SOM and HED, landscape by EPT for Lincoln Properties and AMLI Residential.
July: A vision for a more livable, walkable, transit-connected South Glendale emerges in workshops with City Council.
July: Urban Design staff present a strategy to connect Glendale to the regional transit network via streetcars, electric rail, and bus rapid transit.
August: City Council approves a strategic framework for the South Glendale Community Plan.
September and Back to School: My fall Woodbury Urban Policy class looks at affordable housing. Here, Rene Rodriguez points out a detail to students during their tour of Abode Communities‘s Selma Housing Development.
October: I revisit Pasadena’s pioneering City of Gardens Ordinance at APA California Conference with the help of Amanda Landry from Pasadena Planning, Ali Barar from Gonzalez Goodale Architects and Jesse Lattig from Pasadena Heritage.
October: “Beyond the Freeway” – Melani Smith, Stefanos Polyzoides and I discuss three plans (710 Reclaim, Terminal Island Freeway, and Space 134) to reimagine the LA Freeway at APA California Conference.
October: In partnership with Glendale Library, Glendale Walks creates a reading list of pedestrian-themed books for “Walktober”.
November: We officially launch our Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign “Be Street Smart Glendale”.