'Transit Oriented LA' summit to be held Oct. 10 in downtown Los Angeles

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Transit-oriented development remains a big deal here in Los Angeles. With the transit system expanding, there remains plentiful opportunities to put new development near existing or future transit stations.

Los Angeles County has certainly seen its share of TODs — in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, to name a few — in recent years. But there remains challenges: the real estate market is very different in different parts of the county and zoning laws in some areas still prohibit or do not encourage the kind of development that goes well with transit.

Here is the news release from the Urban Land Institute:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join ULI Los Angeles for Transit Oriented LA, an interactive panel event exploring how to dramatically improve the city’s transportation corridors. Transit Oriented LA – or ToLA – will expand the planning agenda from individual transit stations to transforming corridors to achieve a truly transit-oriented Los Angeles.

At ToLA, ULI-LA will present the results of two groundbreaking studies. The Corridor Project, funded by a ULI Foundation Urban Innovation Grant, focuses on linking stations and improving streetscapes. The Building Reuse Partnership, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, demonstrates how to revitalize neighborhoods by reusing older buildings.

“These two pioneering studies combine as a blueprint for uplifting entire communities,” said ULI Los Angeles Executive Director Gail Goldberg. “We know that vacant or obsolete buildings can be transformed into creative office space and other economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable uses. We also know that improving transportation corridors is key to enhancing livability around transit stations. Together, these studies re-envision today’s development and tomorrow’s mobility.”

The Corridor Project, funded by a ULI Foundation Urban Innovation Grant, will:

Expand the planning agenda from individual transit stations to corridors that strengthen and connect communities.

Shift the public dialog from single developments to broader urban design issues.

Focus on linking stations, improving access to transportation, and creating walkable and aesthetically pleasing streetscapes, so that individuals and communities can enjoy greater benefits from transit systems.

The Building Reuse Partnership, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will:

Provide a plan to increase adaptive reuse in the City of Los Angeles.

Demonstrate how to spur economic recovery, create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and foster sustainable development.

Focus on development opportunities for older vacant buildings along corridors.


Will Fleissig, President, Communitas Development Inc

Neal I. Payton, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.

Renata Simril, ‎Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Los Angeles Dodgers

John Given, Principal, CityBuildAdvisors

Melani V. Smith, Principal, Melendrez

Jonathan Curtis, Principal, California Golden Fund

James Lindberg, Planning Director, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation


Private: $90 (Non-Member $120)

Public/Nonprofit/Young Leaders: $80 (Non-Member $105)

Student: $70 (Non-Member $95)

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2 replies

  1. A lot of vacant area near Metro Blue Line and Green Line Stations needing more attention in the prospects of TODs. Both Blue Line and Green Line have been in operations for more than 15 years, especially the Blue Line, more than 20 years, but yet very little we can see in TODs. Metro has to do a better job in recruiting investors and businesses to participate.

  2. Awesome. I remember the Compton Station was next to a weird transit center and a big vacant lot. Although there is still more to do (vacant lot near gas station, Compton Blvd, etc) near the Compton Station;however, today the Compton Station is more vibrant,and pedestrian friendly thanks to the new transit center, and the new town-homes. I hope that more TOD development happens along Blue Line stations, as I feel the blue line stations have a lot of potential. In my opinion, a TOD along Artesia Station could be successful (near the Compton College, CSUDH, the new shopping center, warehouses and offices).