This video documents an event of the National AIA Regional Urban Design Conference “Restructuring Urbanisms: the Next L.A.,” held February 10-13, 1994, at Shutters Hotel, Santa Monica.
Anne Zimmerman takes planners on a bus tour of Los Angeles. En route to South Central, Deborah Murphy, Steven Flusty and Katherine Spitz discuss the area. The group stops for a barbeque lunch at Leimert Park. Ron Lewis of the L.A. Planning Department’s South Central Task Force discusses the challenge of applying planning resources appropriately. Dwayne Wyatt from the Los Angeles Conservancy reviews the history of the Leimert Park area, stressing its enduring status as a outstanding African-American neighborhood. The group leaves Leimert plaza for a different kind of park, Pershing Square. Lupe Valdez and Miriam Simmons of the MTA review current transportation initiatives in L.A. After Pershing Square, the group explores Biddy Mason Park, the Grand Central Market, and the Bradbury Building.