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Long Beach Kicks Bicyclists to the Curb

by , 08/31/11
filed under: Policy,Transportation

Bicycling, Long Beach, bike culture

Actually, off the curb would be more accurate.  As the first part of a new safety campaign, “the most bike-friendly city in America” is enforcing the often-ignored rule that riding on the sidewalk in certain parts of the city is technically illegal. Police officers will be handing safety cards out to encourage bicyclists to “Walk it or Lock it” in busy business districts.  The idea is that with increased summer foot traffic, both bicyclists and pedestrians will be safer if everyone learns how to “SOS: Share Our Streets.”

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PARK(ing) Day LA 2011: Streets are for the People

Parking Day LA, Sundae Special

Cities around the world will be greener at least for one day with the return of PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16th. What started as a modest experimental urban intervention in 2005 has evolved into an international platform for urban expression, changing the way cities conceive, organize, and use public space. Initiated by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day has officially gone global, yielding more than 800 installations in more than 180 cities on six continents in 2010.  This year in LA, Angelenos will reclaim their public space as pop-up parks round the city declare that “Streets are for the People.”

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Cal State LA Activates New Solar Installation

Inhabitat, Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Solar, Alternative Energy, Photovoltaic, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar PV, PV, CSULA, Cal State Los AngelesCal State University, Los Angeles further bolstered its reputation as a “green” campus with the installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) system on campus. The 77 panel system was activated in late July, and has been actively offsetting the energy demands of the Engineering and Technology building it sits above. After years of development, students and faculty are finally seeing their solar project come to fruition.

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Solar Umbrella Fuses Energy Neutral Living With Modern Architecture

by , 08/28/11
filed under: Architecture

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Join Inhabitat at the Women in Green Forum This Week

by , 08/27/11
filed under: Events

Women in Green, Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Green Design, Green Technology, Sustainable Design, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Inhabitat LA, Stewart + Brown, Eccouterre, Project Frog, Anne Hand, Lori Dennis

Join Inhabitat’s Senior Editor, Evelyn Lee, this coming week at the Women in Green Forum, August 30th-31st in Santa Monica at the Sheraton Delfina. Only its in second year, the conference is considered the nation’s premier conference highlighting women in environmental careers. Evelyn will be moderating a panel following the opening Keynote on Tuesday titled, The Nexus of Design, Art, and Sustainability. The panelists include Karen Stewart Brown of Stewart + Brown, Anne Hand of Project Frog, and Lori Dennis of Lori Dennis Inc.

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City of LA Votes to Bring Recycling Programs to Apartment Complexes

Los Angeles, Recycling, Waste Management, Policy, Contracts, City of Los Angeles, Department of Sanitation,

It might surprise you to hear that single-family homes in Los Angeles divert 65% of its garbage from landfills, thanks to the effort of over 450 gas-powered trash and recycling trucks.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the city’s 600,000 + apartment complexes, but change is in the air. While tenants of commercial buildings and apartments complain about the noise, emissions and congestion on local roads caused by the multitude of private waste trucks, the Bureau of Sanitation must balance their concerns with the fears of the waste haulers who currently compete for the 250 million dollar annual market in waste disposal.

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Step Up On 5th Provides a Safe, Energy Efficient Home for Low-Income Residents

by , 08/25/11
filed under: Architecture

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Hollywood Hills Skyline Residence Uses Local Materials To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

by , 08/24/11
filed under: Architecture

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LA Investigates Bike Sharing Program

Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Transportation, Sustainability, Bicycling, Biking, Bike Share, Bicycle Share, Policy, Green Transportation

Inhabitat has reported before about the implementation of large-scale urban bike sharing programs, but it looks like we’re one step closer to a bike sharing reality in Los Angeles. As far back as 2009, the Department of Transportation had shown interest in the development of a bike sharing service for the City of Los Angeles, but until recently there was no word on when such a program would come to fruition. Recently, a motion supported by the County Supervisor, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and Santa Monica Councilwoman O’Connor ordered the staff of the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to consider the possibility of using existing Metro stations as bike sharing facilities.

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RAFAA Designs Beaming Modular Towers for the BrightSource Solar Plant in the Mojave

by , 08/22/11
filed under: Architecture,Energy

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Grab your Paddle for a Trip Down the LA River

by , 08/21/11
filed under: Green Space

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Chinatown-Cornfields Development is an Incredible Recreational Area for the LA River Master Plan

River Redevelopment, LA River, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Inhabitat LA, Los Angeles River Development, Chinatown, Cornfield, Green Spaces, Sustainable Spaces, Redevelopment, Green Redevelopment, Sustainable Redevelopment

An ambitious riverfront recreation space, the Chinatown-Cornfields is just one of twenty major opportunity areas identified by the Los Angeles River Master Plan. The proposal for this particular stretch of the 32 mile LA River corridor includes a habitat island, a small pond suitable for kayaking, an amphitheater along the river, a promenade, and an extensive trail system through a 20-acre community park. The revitalization development will maximize community connectivity, allowing easy access to Downtown and Chinatown to the southwest, Boyle Heights to the east, and Elysian Park and Solano Canyon neighborhood to the north. Green river arterials with improved pedestrian and bicycle lines, shaded trees, street furniture and convenient paseos serve as primary connectors for surrounding communities. Complementing this new recreation section, the river’s flow will be diverted through a naturalized channel. A second river diversion provides an inner city dam and a large island in the center of the development.

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Architect Patrick Tighe's Nodul(ar) House Uses Plug In "Apps"

by , 08/19/11
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Bidding War over the Crystal Cathedral Campus

by , 08/18/11
filed under: Architecture

Crystal Cathedral, Philip Johnson, Iconic Architecture, Orange County, Garden Grove, Southern California Icon

The “Hour of Power” for Crystal Cathedral draws to a close, but the bids to buy the campus of this Southern California Icon keep rolling in. Earlier this month, the local congregation was doing their best to raise the $50 million estimated to save their church, and Oklahoma based Hobby Lobby made a $47.5-million cash bid. Currently in the lead to buy the landmark is the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Chapman University with the leading bid closing in on $55-million. Meanwhile in the fray of it all, the Crystal Cathedral Ministries are still trying to raise the necessary funds to maintain their home.

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Santa Monica to Ban Plastic Bags

by , 08/17/11
filed under: Policy,Santa Monica

Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Plastic Bag Ban, Sustainable Policy, Green Policy, Bag Ban, Santa Monica, City of Santa Monica, Public Policy, Sustainable Public Policy, Green Policy

Starting next month, the phrase “Paper or Plastic?” will become obsolete in the City of Santa Monica. Spurred by the likes of Heal the Bay and other environmental activist groups, the local City Council voted unanimously in January to ban the plastic bag in all parts of the city, beginning enforcement in September. Although often considered one of the more sustainable cities in the greater Los Angeles region, Santa Monica is not necessarily a first mover in California when it comes to the ban. The city will be joining the likes of San Francisco, San Jose, and the unincorporated ares of Los Angeles County which are all taking efforts to put an end to the amount of waste and harm caused by the unnecessary use of plastic bags.

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Local Library is a LEED Platinum Diamond in the Rough

Local Library is a LEED Platinum Diamond in the Rough

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of building one of the nation’s best facilities for early learning. The plan includes

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Bel Air Presbyterian PreSchool is an Eco Village For Learning

Bel Air Presbyterian PreSchool is an Eco Village For Learning

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of building one of the nation’s best facilities for early learning. The plan includes

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Five Farming Initiatives For Healthy Living in Los Angeles

Five Farming Initiatives For Healthy Living in Los Angeles

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of building one of the nation’s best facilities for early learning. The plan includes

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Green-Roofed Los Angeles Holocaust Museum by Hagy Belzberg is Buried Underground

Green-Roofed Los Angeles Holocaust Museum by Hagy Belzberg is Buried…

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of building one of the nation’s best facilities for early learning. The plan includes

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HW8 Prefab Homes Have the Open-Air Feeling of a Loft

HW8 Prefab Homes Have the Open-Air Feeling of a Loft

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of building one of the nation’s best facilities for early learning. The plan includes

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