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  1. Here's a rather scathing critique of New Urbanism--at least in terms of transportation mismanagement--that is the cover story in the latest edition of the LA Weekly (LA's sister alternative paper to NYC's Village Voice)


    I'm posting it since many of you don't check the Western U.S. or California forums much.

    Yet New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles have brought on great improvements in Hollywood, Koreatown/Mid Wilshire, and many other areas.

    In the LA Weekly article there's a photo of Councilman Eric Garcetti sitting on the roof of a restored early-20th-century building at Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave. Two mixed-use developments are in the background (the one on the right is incorporated into a Red Line subway station). What was built isn't necessarily gentrification since both projects have some subsidized units and contain a variety of things in the storefront areas, even a bank branch and one of the secondhand boutiques operated by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Of course there are the chain stores and eateries, all quite welcome at a corner that didn't have much retail before--at least places where you'd want to spend money.

    On the other hand, the Weekly's expos

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