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October 27 — Mobility Plan 2035 Panel Discussion

“LA2B or Not to be: Mobility Plan 2035’s Prospects and Pitfalls”

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The City of Los Angeles approved the “Mobility Plan 2035” in August. The Plan sets forth a new vision of mobility for all modes of transportation by creating layered
networks and dedicating space on the City’s street network for all residents.

Some hail the new vision for L.A.’s future — guiding the City into a new form of urban mobility. Others argue that its multi-modalism comes at the cost of vehicle mobility, increased emergency vehicle access times, and an overall increase in congestion.

This Urban Growth Seminar invites a panel of experts to discuss the significance, prospects, and pitfalls of Mobility Plan 2035.

The panel will discuss the content of the plan, the philosophy and urban theory undergirding the policy, and the practical implications on the street and address questions such as how does the plan affect Angelinos in their daily lives?  Is the Plan only a guiding document or does it contain aspects of implementation? Is the Plan already have effects on real estate development? What vision does the panel have for how Angelinos will move about in 2035?

This Urban Growth Seminar is jointly sponsored with:



MBoarnet_tq0854Marlon Boarnet is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of Graduate Programs in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He is a renowned authority on urban economics, urban growth patterns, transportation, and regional science. He is an expert in transportation and land use, and has served on the National Research Council committee that authored “Driving and the Built Environment.” He has published extensively in leading journals such as Regional Science and Urban EconomicsEnvironment and BehaviorUrban StudiesJournal of Urban EconomicsJournal of Planning Education and ResearchNational Tax Journal, and Journal of the American Planning Association. He is also co-author of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001). Dr. Boarnet co-edits the Journal of Regional Science, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning LiteratureJournal of Transport and Land UseTransport Policy, and previously on Papers in Regional Science.


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Vincent Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists, where he had led numerous award-winning projects including the recent Downtown Lancaster Transformation that received the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Overall Excellence by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism at the USC Price School of Public Policy, and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Heritage Conservation at the USC School of Architecture. His books include The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms, Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism, and the forthcoming Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London, Advisory Board of the think-tank Global Urban Development in Prague, and the Board of Directors of Pasadena Heritage in Los Angeles.

Claire Bowin cropClaire Bowin joined the Los Angeles Department of City Planning nine years ago. During her tenure their she has led such innovative initiatives as the City’s Green Building Ordinance, the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles and most recently, Mobility Plan 2035. Claire’s background in architecture, art direction and community development provide her with skills that complement the urban planning field. In her current position as Senior City Planner for the Citywide team Claire will continue to push ideas forward that make for a healthier, equitable and more sustainable Los Angeles.

Rick_Cole_SM_CM editRick Cole was appointed City Manager of Santa Monica in June of 2015. Rick joins the city with 30 years of experience in public policy and administration.

Most recently, he served as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation for the City of Los Angeles where he was responsible for a budget of $8.6 billion and oversaw five city departments with more than 3,000 staff. He also supervised LA’s Chief Sustainability, Technology and Data Officers.

Prior to his role at the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Cole spent 15 years as City Manager of two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa. He has been recognized as one of “America’s Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine and one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology Magazine. He has won awards for municipal management excellence from the American Society of Public Administrators and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, as well as for urban planning leadership from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Mr. Cole served 12 years on the Pasadena City Council and was Mayor when Pasadena adopted its landmark General Plan, an early model for smart growth. Called “one of Southern California’s most visionary planning thinkers” by the Los Angeles Times, he has been an active leader in the International City Managers Association and the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.

As Santa Monica’s City Manager, Mr. Cole is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City of Santa Monica, which includes implementation of City Council ordinances and policies, oversight of all City departments and a budget of $564 million.

He received a degree in American Studies from Occidental College in 1978 and earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1979. 


Full-length Recordings: Recordings are available on YouTube and iTunesU one or two weeks after the seminar.

Seminar Photos: Photos from the seminar are available on the USC Price Flickr Page.

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