UEPI believes that the design of the places that we live, work, study and play in powerfully impacts our behavior, quality of life, and the future of the planet. For too long, places have been built around the car, creating sprawling land uses that separate people and communities; promote an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle; and waste energy and resources. We favor creating the green jobs of tomorrow by rebuilding cities, retrofitting suburbs to create more livable neighborhoods, and reviving rural places. Just, green and livable places will be walkable in scale to foster social interactions, cultural vibrancy and a stronger sense of place. These places will be affordable to all residents. And they will be energy and water-smart and use non-toxic, renewable materials.
Our Built Environment Projects
The nature of the built environment profoundly impacts the health of people who live, work, and visit a place. From walkability to food access to pollution, the design and equity of cities influences residents’ physical and mental health.
This post on Streetsblog by UEPI explains how the County and City of Los Angeles are beginning to (and can do more to) utilize zoning and land use controls to improve public health.
The City of Los Angeles is revising its zoning code for the first time since 1946, providing an opportunity to shape a more inclusive and sustainable city. As part of UEPI’s interest in recommending improvements to land use rules we are reviewing past planning processes undertaken by LA. These files provide a history of comprehensive planning for the City’s first General Plan, adopted in 1974: