Capstone Studio Projects: 2020-2021
City of Covina, CA
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. MLA candidate Philip Gann is exploring opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen public health, enhance ecological benefits and provide economic opportunities for this vibrant community.
El Sereno, CA
Walking the Same Path: Improving Connectivity, Habitat, and Health for People and Wildlife
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, as well as barriers to connecting extensive open space in the community. MLA candidate Linley Green is exploring opportunities for improving connectivity for both people and wildlife in this urban community.
City of Glendora, CA
The City of Glendora is planning for a new light rail transit station that will connect the City to other Foothill communities in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as downtown Los Angeles. There is an opportunity to strengthen connections to this transit station and surrounding amenities, while strengthening ecological structure and function. MLA Candidate Sarah Fisher is working to leverage these opportunities while preserving community character.
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. MLA Candidate Adrian Tenney is interested in building off the assets of Newhall, while improving quality of life and economic opportunity for its residents.
City of Ontario, CA
Strengthening Ontario’s Backbone
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. MLA Candidate Michelle Shanahan is exploring opportunities to enhance the use of this space, while preserving its character as vital part of the City’s history.
Cities of Pasadena and Altadena, CA
Growing Grounds: Re-Imagining Food Productivity, Accessibility and Sustainability Along Lincoln Avenue
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. MLA Candidate Graham Goldich is interested in strengthening food culture and food access along this corridor.
Environmental Justice and Greening in Wilmington
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.