Civic Space in LA: Past, Present and Post Pandemic
With the election, pandemic and social justice top of mind, the spotlight is on civic space and how we connect as a society.
With prospects of improved testing, a vaccine, and potential changes in leadership, how might transportation, public spaces, and neighborhoods evolve? How can urban design affect public health, economics, education and civic life? How can our streets, the primary open spaces in many areas, better accommodate a variety of community needs?
Civicas is co-hosting a free Zoom webinar with UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Southern California Institute of Architecture featuring experts from the City and County of Los Angeles. Panelists bring their research, policy and implementation perspectives to this discussion of the past, present, and future of LA’s civic spaces, including equitable solutions for a healthy city in which all can thrive.
Speakers will focus on some of the equity issues surrounding civic spaces, including parks and streets, that have been exposed by the pandemic from their research, policy and implementation perspectives. We invite participants to follow up with potential ways to participate and hope this is the beginning of a productive and continuing conversation with the public.
Norma E. García-González (County of Los Angeles, Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation)
Barbara Romero (City of Los Angeles, Deputy Mayor of City Services)
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (Associate Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)
Marrikka Trotter (Architect and Architectural Historian from SCI-Arc)
Mark Vallianatos (LA Metro, The Office of Extraordinary Innovation, Executive Officer of Innovation)