Wednesdays at the Mercado: Planning LA - Economic Development

APA California Chapter, Los Angeles Section


Wednesday, June 27, 2012
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PDT

Los Angeles, CA,

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APA LA is proud to introduce our latest series, Wednesdays at the Mercado, a monthly series that will feature various panelists who will speak on current topics in planning in Los Angeles. These events will provide CM credits and provide refreshments and appetizers from restaurants in the Mercado. This month's topic is on Economic Development and will be introduced and framed by David Sloane, Ph.D., the editor of Planning Los Angeles, which explores urban planning in the region from multiple perspectives and is the inspiration for our series Wednesdays at the Mercado, accompanied by chapter contributors Ken Bernstein and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett. Mr. Bernstein will discuss the City of Los Angeles' Adaptive Reuse Ordinance as a primary engine for the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles as a model policy utilizing historic preservation as a tool for economic development and housing production. His presentation discusses the early efforts to revitalize downtown, the history of historic preservation policies in the city, the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance's provisions, the far-reaching results from the ordinance, and some of the law's key policy implications. Ms. Currid-Halkett's discussion will address the central role of arts and culture in economic development. In particular, the discussion will focus on the import role culture - high and low, commercial and bohemian - plays in Los Angeles' economy. Her discussion will conclude with how Los Angeles and more generally other cities and their planners/developers should review the arts as a key part of economic development. David Sloane, Ph.D., is a professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His research examines the connections and tensions between urban planning and public health, health disparities and community development, and public and private commemoration, as well as the dynamics of neighborhood public safety. He is currently engaged in research projects regarding the role of resource environments in health disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes among African Americans, changing styles of commemoration in post-Vietnam America, civil gang injunctions and public safety, and a social assessment of Hollywood, California. Ken Bernstein serves as Principal City Planner for the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, for the Public Policy and Historic Resources Divisions. Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is an Associate Professor also at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. We will be serving refreshments and appetizers provided by the Mercado.


Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Confirmed Speaker

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is associate professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. She is the author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City (Princeton University Press 2007) and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux ... Read More

Ken Bernstein

Confirmed Speaker

Ken Bernstein is Principal City Planner for the Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. In this capacity, he serves as Manager of the City’s Office of Historic Resources, where he directs Los Angeles’ historic preservation policies. He serves as lead staff ... Read More