In memory of Hassan Haghani
The Glendale Arts Colony is the result of an RFP for development issued jointly by the City of Glendale and the Glendale YMCA. The program, affordable housing for artists, aligns with the goals of the Maryland Arts and Entertainment District one block away, while the design, by Studio One Eleven, resolves a number of site constraints and brings coherency to the Y campus.
Glendale Central Library Re-Imagined is the $15 million renovation of the 1973 Welton Becket-designed Brutalist library. The Library renovation is part of a multi-phased strategy to redevelop the Central Park, bringing both the Library and Park into a the urban design framework of the Downtown as a whole.
Space 134 has been trending in the local media since we presented the latest vision plan to City Council on March 1, 2016.
The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), adjacent mid-block pedestrian paseo and the beautification of the parallel alley and parking lot represents the first phase of the Central Park Master Plan.
Patience is a necessary character trait for the urban designer, as it can take many years, if not decades, for your plans to be realized. 2015, however, was the year in which many of the elements in the plan we proposed for downtown Glendale came to started to come together. Plans do come to fruition.
In a short ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday December 9, Glendale officially opened the mid-block paseo adjacent the Museum of Neon Art connecting Brand Boulevard and the Central Park, completing the first phase of the Central Park Master Plan.
The California Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Glendale on October 4 during their 2015 Annual Conference in Oakland. The honor, an Implementation Award (Large Jurisdiction), recognizes the past ten years of planning in Glendale’s Downtown.
The Pedestrian Safety Campaign will focus on improving pedestrian safety in Glendale through a continuing education program teaching residents the proper rules of the road for every transportation mode, creating and promoting events that will promote safe walking and bicycling, and launching an awareness campaign through a variety of media sources.
The Citywide Pedestrian Plan, funded by a Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant, will consolidate existing pedestrian policies, recommend new policies, identify viable pedestrian corridors, assess intersections with high pedestrian/bicycle accident rates, and recommend improvements and programs through an action plan.
The South Glendale Community Plan is the second in a series of comprehensive plans for Glendale, and will address the urbanized heart of the City south of the 134 Freeway.
Glendale’s Small Lot Ordinance aims to encourage development of infill lots and preserve units with historic character in order to catalyze neighborhood investment, provide greater housing choice and expand the opportunities for affordable home ownership.
Patrick Healy of NBC4 News profiled the “freeway cap park” movement in Southern California on the 6 o’clock news yesterday. He and I spent some time discussing Glendale’s Space 134 project.
The Tropico Station Plan is a neighborhood-level policy study, which recommends design guidelines, zoning designations and parking standards for the Tropico neighborhood, and is a component of the South Glendale Community Plan.
The Glendale Community Development Department received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Agency from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association at the annual conference in Anaheim.
Fronting for UNIQLO, or how Godzilla inspired me to make great cities.
Space 134 is a concept study for a 25-acre “freeway cap park” over and adjacent to the 134 Freeway between Central Avenue and Glendale Avenue. Space 134 will connect the community to the City’s civic, cultural, and business core through public open space and pedestrian and bike friendly trails.
Glendale’s local TV channel, GTV6, asked me to talk about Space 134, our plan to cover the 134 Freeway with a series of parks. This is the result.
This week Hal Eisner interviewed me about “Space 134,” a concept to build a series of parks over the 134 Freeway as it cuts across the middle of Glendale.
Last week the Glendale City Council approved two mixed-use projects, each located at significant infill sites within the city’s urban centers. The Triangle will anchor the Tropico Station district surrounding the Glendale Metrolink/Amtrak stop. The second will fill a vacant lot and chronic hole in the middle of the Brand Boulevard downtown retail district.
The North Glendale Community Plan is the official guide to the La Crescenta and Montrose areas of Glendale. It is the first of several community plans which will describe Glendale’s development policy for the various neighborhoods and commercial districts in the city.
“Maryland Off Broadway” is a Focused Implementation Plan to create an Art and Entertainment District in Downtown Glendale.
The purpose of the creative sign program is to encourage signs of unique design that exhibit a high degree of thoughtfulness, imagination and inventiveness, and make a positive visual contribution to the project site and downtown.
The goal of the Citywide Sign Standards is to establish a consistent and coherent family of environmental graphics for various purposes around Glendale, including Parks, Public Parking, Bike Routes and Vehicle Wayfinding signs.
This Strategic Master Plan guides the phased reconstruction of Glendale’s Downtown Central Park, including built work by Shimoda Design Group, AECOM, and Gruen Associates.