Streetcar’s Value in Enhancing Walkability and Transit Accessibility in Downtown Los Angeles

Recently Walk Score released their 2014 City and Neighborhood Report. The report ranks cities and their neighborhoods by their walk score, transit score, and bike score. Accordingly, Downtown LA was ranked the most walkable and transit accessible neighborhood in Los Angeles. One might ask, if Downtown is so walkable and transit accessible, why do we […]

Repositioning Distressed Retail Assets

Randyl Drummer from CoStar recently posted a story on their website of the need and recent trend for repositioning distressed assets such as malls and other under-performing retail centers in order to transform them into income-producing properties through alternative uses.  This story really hit home with Urban One as we have been consulting in the retail sector for […]

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Environmental Documents on Two Historic Transit Projects

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Board of Directors voted to certify environmental documents for two transit projects that have long been in the works, both of which will have huge impacts on infrastructure and development throughout the Los Angeles region. The Board certified Final Environmental Impact Statements/Reports (FEIS/FEIR) for both the Regional […]

Union Station Master Plan Vision Boards Presented to Metro Today

So, for those who don’t know, Metro purchased Los Angeles Union Station and 40+ acres surrounding the building last year.  They received qualifications from many world-renown architecture & planning firms.  They shortlisted six teams (EE&K, Gruen Associates/Grimshaw Architects, IBI Group/Foster + Partners, Moore Ruble Yudell and TEN Arquitectors, NBBJ/Ingenhoven Architects, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop/Parsons Transportation Group) to take part in […]

Infrastructure – The Lifeblood of Society by Dennis Allen

Infrastructure. What is it exactly, and why should we care? Let’s start with what it is. Most people have a general understanding of the concept, but aren’t sure exactly what comprises this system of public works. Simply put – Infrastructure is the system of roads, rails, bridges, tunnels, airports, seaports, pipes, reservoirs, power plants, sewers, […]