Ecological Footprint Increases

The Ecological Footprint of the world — a measure of people’s demand on nature — has begun climbing again after experiencing a 2.1 percent decline in 2009 during the recession, according to Global Footprint Network’s 2015 Edition of the National Footprint Accounts, released today. The world’s Ecological Footprint increased nearly 4 percent in 2010 and […]

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Urban Studies

Can a Museum Curate Itself?

by Richard Risemberg July 2013–The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently announced yet another winner in its seemingly accursed search for a new campus—a search that has been going on for too long now—or perhaps not long enough. The museum’s original buildings, a gathering of stately if terminally banal colonnaded cubes just west of […]


The Enduring San Antonio River Walk

When I was in graduate school and working at the City of Akron, officials there made a trip to San Antonio to see how that city had developed its River Walk. Many cities in the United States had canals, but that mode of transportation was replaced in the mid 19th century by railroads. More than a […]

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Cycling, Walking Make for Successful Neighborhoods in Los Angeles County

(By Greg Laemmle) Laemmle Theaters began as a chain of neighborhood theaters in 1938. Families would walk together to the theater and meet their neighbors on the way. Local retailers who were a part of the community reaped the benefits of this plentiful foot traffic. More than 75 years later, we still see encouraging Angelenos to […]

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Is There Hope for a “Living Stadium” in LA?

By Richard Risemberg September, 2011–Los Angeles has been without a National Football League team for many many years now, having lost both the Rams and Raiders to other cities. In truth, the void has not really been noticeable, except in the traffic congestion that does not occur on what would be game days, and the city’s economy […]


By Richard Risemberg February, 2003–Recently, Los Angeles suffered another outbreak of stadiumitis (medical name is subsidy entitlement delusional disorder). It’s a disease that causes rich people to run around City Hall screeching repeatedly that if they are only given money, tax breaks, and infrastructure improvements in exchange for building a private, for-profit stadium, the city […]

Shuttered Since the 1990s, DC Underground Station Could Reopen

An abandoned 75,000-s.f. former trolley station below the streets of Dupont Circle in Washington DC could soon reopen. The nonprofit Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) announced recently that it has signed a 66-month lease with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The intent is activate the space through […]

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