Colloquium X: Airports and Aviation — A Driving Force for the Development of Southern California

Presented by the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

City of Glendale, Brand Library and Art Center (Newly Restored)
1601 W. Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201
Free Parking at Brand Library Park, Entering from Grandview or Western Avenues

Continental Breakfast Reception: 9:30 a.m.
Colloquium and Lunch: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Aviation and Airports have profoundly influenced land use development in Southern California. Aviation entrepreneurs, based upon the success of aviation in World War I, envisioned airplanes as the regional transportation system, connecting Southern California through a network of small airports. Post World War II led to unprecedented growth in Southern California population, the development of a major international airport, and the creation of suburban development close to the major aviation employers. Tension between residents, environmentalists and the airports surfaced in a major way. Yet airports remain an important part of the Southern California economy with its international connections to the Pacific Rim and the “just-in time” delivery economy.

Colloquium X addressed such questions as:

  • How can airports continue to meet the needs of the region’s economy?
  • How do future planners accommodate the expected demands for air travel?
  • Is there a role for a “regional airport authority?”
  • Can we plan the regional rail system to serve the critical airports as inter-regional mobility hubs? What development is appropriate near existing airports?
  • What is the future of general aviation airports?

A distinguished Panel, moderated by Ryan Hall, Regional Aviation Planner, Southern California Association of Government, addressed these and other questions:

  • Steven Erie, Professor of Political Science, Urban Studies and Planning Program, UC San Diego
  • Mark Pisano, Professor of Practice, USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Dan Feger, Executive Director, Burbank Bob Hope Airport
  • Robert Rodine, Principal Consultant, The Polaris Group

Sam Gennawey, Board Member, will facilities an interactive dialogue between the Panel and the audience after lunch.

Airports and Aviation in Southern California Presentation (PDF, 21MB)

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