They are moving forward on many fronts, including looking at land-use targets, ensuring they're building strong transit connections, consolidating shared parking facilities to encourage a park-once environment, and breaking down the "super blocks" to make it walkable, including interesting street fronts and buildings that don't overwhelm people.
Stefan said they have a good list of community benefits but need to define that to tailor to the different sectors and they need area-wide infrastructure planning as the utilities and other basic structure isn't there.
Working with the community and the great community dialogue they have established needs to continue and, she said, "It's an ongoing commitment to stay in touch with people.
Restoration of the historic streetcar services in downtown Los Angeles to spur economic development was presented by Robin Blair, director citywide planning and development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Dennis Allen, executive director, Los Angeles Streetcar Inc.
There is a population shift in Los Angeles and there is increasing housing unit growth in downtown; there chance to revitalize areas of blight.
An interesting piece of this plan was the variety of partners in the project. The key players are the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Streetcar Inc., the city of Los Angeles, the Federal Transit Administration, and LA Metro.
Rather than having one organization manage it, it's a non-profit where everyone has seat at the table. It includes the private sector and public sector. Everyone has vote in the process so you can move faster and it also takes the burden off of one particular agency. And for them, so far it's worked out well.
Blair started the discussion by stating he didn't think transit-oriented development exists. "A building next to a transit system is just a building.
"We're looking for develop-oriented transit."
Allen said it's not about transit that simply comes in to a city. One people are there, how do they get around. "Streetcar systems in LA originally were created in outlying areas. We're circulating people around town once they get here; economic development potential is one of the benefits.
"You take people where they want to go on a route through an area they didn't know they wanted to go."