By the year 2040, Los Angeles city planners expect the area commonly defined as Downtown Los Angeles to add approximately 125,000 souls to its population. This will require 70,000 new housing units, is expected to create 55,000 new jobs, and gives the city an opportunity to put some intentional thought and action into what it wants to look like for future generations of inhabitants.
The city’s DTLA 2040 plan is a fascinating, expansive, and controversial touchstone for citizens, activists, businesspeople, academics, urban planners, government officials, and anyone else interested in the sweeping cultural trends that define Downtown, or the boots-on-the-ground experience of actually living here.
In the last few local elections, a new chorus of YIMBYs has made itself heard. There is a movement to replace LA’s car culture and suburban sprawl with denser, tighter communities geared toward mass transit, walkable neighborhoods, microunits, and highrise living.
Whether the topic is work, play, building, or living, the tension between LA’s ingrained habits and its future possibilities is one of the hottest conversations in town. For anyone who wants to participate, the DTLA 2040 plan is required reading.
– Emerson Dameron, A+D Press
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