Greg Morrow – August 30th
Richard Parker Professor in Metropolitan Growth + Change at the University of Calgary and a Commissioner on the Calgary Planning Commission
“Re-Thinking LA’s Boulevards: A Grand Bargain Between Pro- and Slow-Growth Angelenos?”
Seminar Description: The acute shortage of housing in Los Angeles was decades in the making, as will be shown by a review of community downzoning and the well-intentioned citizen efforts to preserve old neighborhood advantages. A search for housing solutions in our great city on the coast, now grown much larger, requires creative thinking. One approach being considered is a grand strategy of high-density building on the avenues, directing growth there while preserving the character of single-family neighborhoods. This also has the advantage of creating more shops/restaurants/amenities walkable to the neighborhoods in behind these mixed-use boulevards. Greg Morrow is a longtime scholar of Los Angeles and a planner/architect with deep respect for community process and the cultural value of preservation. Morrow offers practical design solutions to share with Los Angeles that borrow from his international experience. Is this enough? Responding to Morrow’s presentation with additional ideas will be Matthew Glesne, housing planner for the City of Los Angeles.
Speaker Biography: Greg Morrow is the Parker Professor in Metropolitan Growth + Change at the University of Calgary, a joint appointment in the Haskayne School of Business and Faculty of Environmental Design, where he teaches real estate development, urban design studios, and planning history/theory. He is also a Commissioner on the Calgary Planning Commission. Morrow conducts policy-relevant research in regional governance, economic development, policy mechanisms, community change, urban design, and civic engagement. He received his PhD in urban planning from UCLA, two masters (urban design and city planning) from MIT, and architecture and undergraduate degrees from McGill University.
Discussant: Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner for the City of Los Angeles.