Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars: “Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians.” Could Los Angeles ever integrate this type of city planning solution to turn the tide against cars and parking infrastructure defining the city?

A Guide to Watering Native Plants: “A new Tree of Life Nursery publication, Watering Native Plants, by nursery co-owner Mike Evans, covers important factors to keep in mind while planning – particularly for rain capture, and for decisions about irrigation methods.”

New urban parks and public spaces to see in 2017: “As spring weather begins to sweep the country, it seems like a good time to look at some of the parks and public spaces that have recently opened or will open later this year. Here’s a list of some of the projects—community gathering spaces, new examples of engineered nature, or important reflections of cultural heritage—that will continue to redefine the role of parks.”

How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl: “Many cities try to make themselves more appealing by building cycle paths and tram lines or by erecting swaggering buildings by famous architects. If they do not also change their parking policies, such efforts amount to little more than window-dressing. There is a one-word answer to why the streets of Los Angeles look so different from those of London, and why neither city resembles Tokyo: parking.”

New Metro employer bike-share discount could boost ridership: “Los Angeles County Metro has launched a new discount program to encourage employers to offer bike-share passes to their employees. The short-term bike rental system, intended to bridge small gaps between destinations or transit stops, has lagged behind similar big city systems in ridership numbers.”


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