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Shelter for the Storm: Comparing Blue and Green Roofs

On the rooftop of Public School 118 in Queens, New York, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),  in partnership with the Department of Education, is testing two alternative roofing surfaces. For a three year monitoring period, data from the study at … Continue reading

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It Takes A Village: The Surprising Number of Agencies Behind The Design Of LA’s Streets

The Complete Streets Initiative is a UCLA Lewis Center (part of the Luskin School of Public Affairs) program working to achieve more livable and complete streets for people in the Los Angeles region. Complete streets enable people to travel safely … Continue reading

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Walk Score: How an Online Tool is Changing the Way We Think About “Walkability”

Walk Score is a website that takes a physical address—enter yours here—and uses software to compute data that can measure the walkability of the surrounding neighborhood. Once you type in an address, data is aggregated into an intuitive interface, showing you … Continue reading

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The Parking Games: San Francisco Wants the Odds to be Ever in Your Favor

San Francisco’s new ambitious experiment (inspired by the theories of UCLA’s very own Donald Shoup, and based by the law of supply and demand), aims to ensure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that … Continue reading

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H2 uh-0h: The Reality of Water Scarcity in Southern California

The natural West is a desert landscape, and Los Angeles is a fragile construction of a city. In fact, it would be fatally dry if not for the deliberate diversion of water that is not native to the Los Angeles basin. This … Continue reading

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Bike…To The Future!: How Cycling Infrastructure is Making a Comeback in LA

It goes without saying that altering transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles is a momentous task. Moreover, it will take a combination of successful implementation of public transit and cultural change to relieve the overwhelmed roads in California, especially Los Angeles. What is Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Metro, Decoded: The Saga of the Century City Stop

The Westside Subway Extension continues to be a polarizing issue for some members of the Beverly Hills community, and proponents of the continuation of the line. Continue reading

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