As a city, how shall we select our next Mayor? What criteria will we use to analyze their leadership capacity?
- Most of the candidates agree with each other on broad principals, so the details of the devil? Who will have the managerial skills, the charm, wit and leadership capacity to inspire the rest of the City of LA team to align around common goals? Answer: to be determined.
- Core themes that emerged: the need for wider and more effective community outreach, fiscal repair, regulatory streamlining and more civic engagement from our design-thinkers.
- Each candidate agreed that place making is a priority - however, in my opinion, no single candidate shared with passion the details about their favorite place - the where, the how and why, the what! In other words, I think we want our civic leaders to have strong opinions and even stronger passions about specific places. AIA|LA and the architecture profession have a key opportunity here to better educate the candidates and to inspire them about the core tenets of design matters.
- Although all the candidates have a general idea about the importance of architecture and design, no single candidate shared a vision that resonated with confidence for what exactly could be done to transform our city. General approaches, sure. But step-by-step, catalytic steps are for the most part still not being discussed. I think we need an implementable, process-oriented roadmap for how we can go from A to Z as a world-class city and in my opinion, much of this will begin with Charter Reform so that the city departments can be substantially reorganized to strengthen/ optimize internal connectivity and efficiency - and that so more influence can be leveraged on all the projects that are being executed within the City by other public agencies (such as LAUSD, Metro, LACCD, County, State and Feds, etc). Also, there needs to be a re-affirmation that Public-private partnerships will be essential to fund and construct catalytic projects like Park 101, the Hollywood Central Park, the Figueroa Corridor and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.
- Widom's commitment to improving the DSA and strengthening the values of design excellence statewide
- The opportunity to better align Federal ADA and California access regulations
- The opportunity for architects to help shape the next reiteration of the CalGreen Building Code
- The political reality-check of establishing a Deputy Mayor of Architecture and Urban Design. Perhaps under the tenure of our next Mayor???
- NYC's Department of Design and Construction and the Design + Construction Excellence Program
- The City of Los Angeles Development Reform Strategic Plan
Streamlining the approval procedures section of the zoning code will eliminate planning staff redundancies and simplify administrative processes, which in turn will help save the City money and enable more planning staff resources to have the time to focus on envisioning and executing urban planning on the behalf of our City, as opposed to untangling bureaucratic burdens. Overall, these revisions will benefit the community by establishing a more transparent project review system, which will allow all stakeholders to more accurately assess the proposed project in context with its surrounding area. In short, it will help bolster additional certainty and facilitate the development of a more livable city by enabling planners, developers, community-stakeholders and architects to concentrate on improving the project for the benefit of all.
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