Colloquium IX – The Evolution of Industrial and Mixed Use in Downtown LA: Conflict of Mutual Accommodation?

Presented by the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Continental Breakfast and Registration:  9:00-9:30 a.m.
Colloquium:  9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., including guided walking tour


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
350 Merrick Street
(between Alameda and Santa Fe, just north of E. 4th St.)

 Event Description

Although Los Angeles is associated internationally with glitz and glamour, it has always been a working city, with a rich industrial heritage. Even today, Los Angeles County is the largest manufacturing center in the United States, accounting for over 365,000 jobs in 2012.  But many industrial properties are in transition, with recent market pressures for residential development and dramatic changes in the workplace creating new demand for flexible industrial space and green technology.  All of these changes are most visible on the ground in Downtown Los Angeles, in the Arts District community and adjacent industrial lands along the Los Angeles River.

Join us and our distinguished panel for a look at Los Angeles’ industrial legacy and future planning policies for industrial land, as seen close-up, through the prism of one of the city’s most fascinating and rapidly-changing neighborhoods. The colloquium will include a presentation on Downtown’s industrial heritage, a walking tour of the Arts District, and a lively panel discussion on present and future policy challenges.  Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner for Policy, Planning and Historic Resources, Los Angeles Department of City Planning, will moderate the panel.

Panelists and Tour Guides to Include:

  • Greg Fischer,  historian and principal of LA1781, Inc. a real estate research consulting firm,  and former Planning/Transportation Deputy, Councilmember Jan Perry
  • Alan Bell, Deputy Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles, overseeing policies for industrial land and preparation of Los Angeles’ new zoning code
  • Yuval Bar-Zemer, Principal, Linear City Development, developers of transformative projects in the Arts District
  • Donald Spivack, former Deputy Administrator and Deputy Chief of Operations for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), where he oversaw policy for key downtown industrial lands
  • Pouya Abdi, Parallel Acquisitions and Holdings, who has two properties in the Arts District purchased this year and last year for retail purposes


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