For a Comprehensive Capstone Project, twelve UCLA Luskin Urban Planning graduate students spent two quarters under the instruction of Goetz Wolff researching the manufacturing landscape of Los Angeles, developing case studies on efforts in other cities and exploring policy areas — such as land use, workforce development, and government procurement — where changes are essential to ensuring a thriving, high-road manufacturing sector in the region. The students presented their research at USC on June 14.
The current nexus of climate change policy, land use planning and public transit investments in California, and Los Angeles in particular, creates an exciting opportunity to establish a nationally-relevant model for urban manufacturing that generates good jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and better aligns with a new vision that calls for more sustainable urban communities.
The project was conducted as part of a partnership between USC PERE, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and Green For All to develop a roadmap for revitalizing and transforming Los Angeles’ manufacturing base to create quality careers for those struggling in poverty, as well as to support a transition to cleaner, more sustainable urban communities. Funding was provided by the Surdna Foundation.