Purple Line Extension tunneling machine art and naming contest announced: “Metro is inviting students from kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in an art and naming contest for the two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig the twin subway tunnels to connect three underground stations of Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension.”

Remaking Greater Los Angeles as a Transit-Oriented Region: “Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic, and only 5 percent take transit. With 10.2 million people in 88 cities, L.A. County is projected to expand by 2.4 million people in the next 40 years. To mitigate worsening traffic congestion and air pollution in this car-culture region, Metro will double the size of its rail system to better connect downtown L.A. to the county’s edges.”

AHBE Landscape Architects Revitalizes Southern California Streetscapes: “Landscape Architect & Specifier News notes, “Two projects by Los Angeles-based firm AHBE Landscape Architects – the award-winning South Park streetscape in downtown Los Angeles and the Monrovia Station Square Transit Village in the city of Monrovia – serve as examples of how streetscapes and open spaces can reinvigorate an urban community.”

What you need to know about LA’s urban heat problem: “Heat kills 60 to 70 Angelenos every summer, according to University of Miami climatologist Larry Kalkstein. But even though heat causes more deaths and medical problems than most other natural disasters, it’s rarely identified as the culprit. So here are eight things you need to know about the effects of heat, and how to cool down your house, street, neighborhood, and city.”

Taking a look at Chinatown’s future Yale and Ord Street park: Curbed Los Angeles takes note of AHBE’s steep hillside Chinatown Yale and Ord Street park project near the neighborhood’s branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, quoting our team’s principal landscape architect, Evan Mather. Additional coverage over at LAist and Los Angeles Downtown News.

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