Capstone Studio Projects: 2020-2021

City of Covina, CA

Happy Streets Plan: A Destination for Public Health and Shared Prosperity

By Philip B. Gann

The City of Covina, CA is located in the San Gabriel Valley in Eastern Los Angeles County. A historic citrus-growing community in the early 20th century, and a automobile suburb in the latter part of the 20th century, its downtown is undergoing regeneration as its economy transitions toward opportunities afforded by convenient transit access to Los Angeles. The Happy Streets Plan addresses concerns around economic and social prosperity, public health, and climate change. The plan focuses on making Covina’s streets and public domain a destination for locals and visitors.

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El Sereno, CA

Walking the Same Path: Improving Connectivity, Habitat, and Health for People and Wildlife in El Sereno

By Linley Green

The El Sereno neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles is characterized by stacks of houses on golden hills, and busy roadways connecting residents to freeways and surrounding communities. The steep topography and traffic presents challenges to walkability and bicycle safety, but have created a relative wealth of open space and habitat opportunity. This plan for El Sereno is centered around enhancing habitat and connectivity for both people and wildlife in order to improve the health of the community and local ecosystem.

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City of Glendora, CA

A Green Network: Creating New Ecological Pathways in Glendora, CA

By Sarah Fisher

The City of Glendora, located in Los Angeles County, California, presents a unique opportunity for connective green infrastructure. It has many valuable ecological resources within the city, such as groves of native coast live oak trees that are vital both for humans and the ecosystem. There is an ongoing effort to bring bike lanes into some of the higher traffic areas by the transportation division of the City. Additionally, a Metro Gold line station is currently being constructed in central Glendora that will bring new alternative transportation opportunities for residents. In response to these issues and opportunities, the project proposes a Greenway along Little Dalton wash to connect the community to vital resources.

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Newhall, CA

Living Creek, Thriving Community: Restoring Connections in the Landscapes of East Newhall

By Adrian Tenney

East Newhall is an historic neighborhood in Santa Clarita, CA, located in Northern Los Angeles County. It features a small, walkable community centered around a transit station, however its residents struggle with economic hardship and limited opportunity, particularly in comparison to more affluent neighborhoods in the City. the region is characterized by critical wildlife habitat and native oak woodlands, but is threatened by habitat fragmentation and legacy pollution from mining and other extractive activities. This plan challenges the community to protect their natural ecosystems by expanding protected lands and re-orienting the community away from automobile highways, toward Newhall Creek as a vital connector of neighborhoods.

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City of Ontario, CA

The Backbone of Ontario: Strengthening Historic Euclid Avenue to Support Community Connections

By Michelle Shanahan

Ontario, CA is located 35 miles East of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. Euclid Avenue is an historic 6-lane roadway that passes through the heart of the city and features a wide parkway median. While it is valuable open space in a dense urban community with limited parkland, its use is limited by poor pedestrian access and its design. This plan addresses vehicular and pedestrian circulation, stormwater management and historic preservation strategies in an effort to restore the avenue’s role as the backbone of the community.

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Cities of Pasadena & Altadena, CA

Growing Grounds: Cultivating Opportunity Along the Lincoln Avenue Corridor

By Graham Goldich

Lincoln Avenue is a North/South Road that runs parallel to the Arroyo Seco through parts of Pasadena and Altadena, CA. The corridor features a number of community food assets, including locally-owned restaurants, and grocers, as well as numerous local schools. Located within an historically “redlined” neighborhood, the community has faced economic hardships not experienced by more affluent neighborhoods to the East. This plan cultivates a new food economy for the corridor, focused on accessibility, employment, and culture, which repairs historical injustices of opportunities denied.

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Wilmington, CA

Enverdecimiento for Environmental Justice: An Urban Greening Plan for Wilmington

By Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez

Wilmington is a working-class neighborhood in South Los Angeles, adjacent to the ports. Surrounded by freeways, oil refineries, transportation terminals and other industrial uses, Wilmington residents are subjected to significant pollution exposures. These conditions are compounded by numerous oil wells that dot the landscape. MLA Candidate Jose G. Gutierrez is addressing environmental injustices in Wilmington through strategies for urban greening and reclaiming of polluting sites.

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