WUF Webinar: COVID’s Legacy on Long-Range Planning in Los Angeles

As economists assess the long-term financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, planners, architects, and policymakers are assessing its long-term impact on cities -- all of which are uncertain, at best. 

A number of local and regional plans have either been recently adopted or are currently in the process of being updated, including Metro’s Next Gen bus study and long-range capital program, SCAG's Connect SoCal plan, and Los Angeles’ zoning code rewrite and Citywide Community Plan update. How do our region’s planners account for the pandemic -- from enormous financial impacts and uncertainty to changes in personal habits and modes of working together, from the gutting of brick and mortar retail to the surge of the delivery economy and the rethinking of office vs. work at home. How will these plans help sort out a chaotic situation and point a path forward? Will the pandemic upend the in-progress plans and make already adopted plans ineffectual? How do we plan for greater resiliency to future pandemics, and especially for communities of color and low income that have been hardest hit? What lessons are we learning? And what about the stresses on Planning Departments themselves? Funding for planning initiatives is now severely restricted, just when planning is getting exponentially tougher.

This month, WUF brings together panelists from the local, regional, and state levels to weigh in on how the pandemic will influence long-range plans either currently in progress or recently adopted, and the subsequent impact on future development, and how cities can approach long-range planning in a way that positions them to more effectively respond to and manage these crises for a more resilient future.

Erik de Kok, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, State of California 
Nadine Lee, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Jason Greenspan, Manager of Sustainability, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) 
Arthi Varma, Deputy Director of Citywide Planning, Department of City Planning, City of Los Angeles 

Cecilia Estolano, CEO, Estolano Advisors; Former CEO, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency

While WUF is pleased to present this event at no charge, as a non-profit organization we are dependent upon donations in order to continue our monthly programming.  Please keep this in mind when registering for the event, as contributions of any amount are appreciated.

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Zoom information will be sent to all participants on the morning of September 23rd.

September 23, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:10pm
ZOOM Webinar
none, CA 91710
United States
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Ashley Atkinson Stephanie Reich Shelly Wolfberg Meghan Sahli-Wells Dylan Sittig Pam O’Connor David Ewing Ryan Aubry Nicole Englund Ann Greenspun Josh Stephens Laura Krawczyk Karl Fielding Michael Kemp Kyle Jenkins Ari Briski Emily Gable Constanza Pallini-Tipton Elizabeth Jacoby Michael Wright Sabrina Bornstein Shannon Davis David Abel Clare Letmon Cary Fukui Ryan Kelly Tiffany Lin J V Nicole Englund Karl Fielding Sandra Sick Judith Sherman Rathar Duong steve mizokami Jason Kligier Fipe Leilua Diego Janacua Alex Lippman Nate Diaz Benjamin Torres Frank Conrad Andrew Willrodt Michele Martinez Thomas Small Bahar Eshraghi Sandra Bleifer Jamie Poster Netai Basu

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