From the City of Santa Ana – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar got a major boost Tuesday when President Barack Obama included $125 million for the OC Streetcar in his budget for next fiscal year, signaling federal endorsement for the much-anticipated project.
The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the President’s budget puts the project into the federal funding pipeline on the path to receiving up to half of the project’s cost from federal funds. Within the next two years, the FTA will consider Read more…
Protected bike lanes put a physical barrier, such as curbs, planters, or some other barrier, between moving cars and bicyclists. In 2011, the City of Long Beach unveiled the first protected bike lane in California. Four years later, the City of Los Angeles is introducing its first protected bike lane on Reseda Boulevard from Plummer Street to Parthenia Street. Unfortunately, Orange County does not have a protected bike lane yet.
Santa Ana is one of the most bike-supportive cities in Orange County. In 2014, my Santa Ana Planning Commission colleagues and I recommended to the Santa Ana City Council that the Harbor Boulevard Mixed Use Transit Corridor Plan implement protected bike lanes along Harbor Boulevard. In 2009, I worked with staff to create progressive bike parking standards that the Santa Ana City Council unanimously adopted.
It is natural for Santa Ana to Read more…
Many would think that repairing sidewalks is a basic function of any city government. In Los Angeles, it was not a priority. In fact, the City budgeted zero dollars for sidewalk repairs in some past years.
It took a class action lawsuit to push the City of Los Angeles to provide better access for persons with mobility disabilities to the city’s sidewalks and other walkways.
What is being called “the largest disability access class action settlement in U.S. history”, the City settled Willits v. City of Los Angeles by agreeing to invest more than $1 billion in city sidewalk repairs and other pedestrian improvements over the next 30 fiscal years.
My colleagues and I on the Santa Ana Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the Santa Ana City Council adopt an Adaptive Reuse Ordinance that will help provide opportunities for some underutilized buildings in the Golden City to be invigorated with new and exciting uses, such as residential and commercial.
The Orange County Register published an article on October 25 discussing the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance in Santa Ana. “Activating the corner of Main and Washington with residential and commercial activity will breathe new life into a part of Main Street, between the Civic Center and Bowers Museum, that is dormant after the evening rush hour,” said Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra.
To read more about Santa Ana’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance and one of the potential adaptive reuse developments in Santa Ana, please read the Orange County Register’s article here.
When I was an Urban Planning student at USC, my classmates and I would propose development projects for classes that could replace the existing University Village (The UV). The Village is a fantastic vision for this site. Imagine a development like this across from Santa Ana College.
From USC News – On September 15, hundreds gathered to officially break ground on USC Village, a 1.25-million-square-foot residential and retail center that will reshape the university and its residential life.
The biggest development in the history of USC at $650 million, the project also will be one of the largest in the history of South Los Angeles, providing thousands of jobs and pumping billions of dollars into the local economy.
“In the past four years, we have been privileged to break ground on a number of new projects at USC. But this village is an especially historic moment for USC, for our neighborhood and for Los Angeles as a whole,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias declared on Sept. 15 as Los Angeles civic leaders, students, faculty, staff and members of the community applauded at the ceremony, held on the leveled ground of what was once University Village just north of campus.
Scheduled for completion in 2017, the USC Village will include a Read more…