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Evaluating the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan

Revisiting the 1994 plan that laid the groundwork for downtown's revival and the Charter of the New Urbanism

 Term Paper  11.301 Introduction to Urban Design and Development , Fall 2014 MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Professor:  Dennis Frenchman   Abstract: The  Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan  (DSP) of 1994 was crafted to guide future direction in the city’s revival of its dead downtown. This project looks back from 20 years later to interpret the plan's strategies--centered on adaptive reuse, coordinated public/private action, catalytic projects, small-grain development, and New Urbanist ideals--and argues for its success based on its role in renewing interest in local heritage, increasing quality of life for downtowners, and making the region more efficient and sustainable.  ►  Read the full paper here   Sample images from the plan ▼

Term Paper
11.301 Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2014
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Professor: Dennis Frenchman

Abstract:
The Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan (DSP) of 1994 was crafted to guide future direction in the city’s revival of its dead downtown. This project looks back from 20 years later to interpret the plan's strategies--centered on adaptive reuse, coordinated public/private action, catalytic projects, small-grain development, and New Urbanist ideals--and argues for its success based on its role in renewing interest in local heritage, increasing quality of life for downtowners, and making the region more efficient and sustainable.

Read the full paper here

Sample images from the plan

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