Here's the comment that I added to Curbed LA's article about the HCP at PLUM yesterday:
California's population is expected to increase from today's 37 million to 60 million people by the year 2050. Our world's population is expected to increase from 7 billion to over 9 billion.
So it's only 'smart' that we anticipate the most economically and environmentally compelling way to accommodate this many people without further thrashing and compromising our natural resources.
Personally, I love the wilderness. Those that know me best know I'm happiest when I'm lost in thought near the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest or along the Lost Coast.
How do we preserve that wilderness? How to do we preserve the agricultural land that we will need to not only feed ourselves but to help feed the world? My answer: we build cities. And we build the best cities imaginable.
Los Angeles has that possibility - to be the best city imaginable. All we need is to make certain that we are planning for our future in a way that will ensure we're revitalizing the urban core and making communities like Hollywood and Downtown LA and other Regional Centers as vibrant and as well designed as possible. In my opinion, the Hollywood Community Plan is a positive first step in reaching that goal.
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA