Our Automated Future: How L.A. Can Prepare Today for the Robot Cars and Parking Innovations of Tomorrow (NONMEMBERS)


In the future, cars will drive themselves. In the future, elevators and conveyor belts will whisk cars away for storage. In the future, Los Angeles will have no traffic. What we don’t know is when the future will arrive.

While some of these innovations are a long way off, others are on the cusp of reality. The advent of self-driving cars and automated parking facilities are well on their way. They hold tremendous promise, and, for many, they hold the key to reclaiming cities from asphalt. Perhaps nowhere will these advances be more welcome than in traffic-choked, parking-heavy Los Angeles.

But the future isn’t here quite yet.

Developers can’t know how long we’re going to be on the “cusp” of technological breakthroughs. In today’s world, property owners are forced to heed tenants’ demand for generous parking. At the same time, some are trying to anticipate what’s coming in 5, 10, or 20 years and to build so that today’s trophy properties aren’t tomorrow’s follies. Likewise, cities are crafting long-range mobility and land use plans that accommodate the needs of today along with the hopes of tomorrow.
WUF will look into the crystal ball and the pro forma to discuss ways that developers and cities can navigate this unique moment of transition – to serve the needs of 20th century Los Angeles while preparing for the 21st and many centuries to come.


Erik Thoreen, Director of Investments, Hudson Pacific
Ryan Snyder, Principal at Transpo Group
Michael O'Bryan, President of Park Plus California
Wally Marks, Owner of WNM Realty


Michael Manville, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7:15am Registration
7:50am Breakfast
8:00am Panel Discussion

$40 members
$55 nonmembers
$10 student members
$15 student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  After March 15, 2017 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.00.  No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.

**WUF offers a special, discounted rate for individuals involved in land use, planning, and development issues on a grass roots and neighborhood level on an unpaid basis. If you are interested in attending this WUF breakfast with a discounted rate, please send your request to [email protected] with your contact information and description of your neighborhood level activities prior to March 15, 2017. Certain restrictions apply.


March 17, 2017 at 7:15am - 9am
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States
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Christyne Buteyn · · 310-322-1520
$50.00 USD