The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Cary Brazeman

Last Updated: May 16, 2011

The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Cary Brazeman

photo by Chris Camargo.

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

On June 24th, as part of the annual AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design, we are coordinating a series of candid discussions about how to design transportation systems that will support and strengthen healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods.

In an effort to inspire advance dialogue, Will Wright reached out to several of the participating speakers to hear their thoughts.

Here is an in-depth response from Cary Brazeman, founder of the community group LA Neighbors United.

Cary Brazeman, founder of the community group LA Neighbors United., is chief executive of The Corporate Storyteller, a national marketing and public relations agency based in Los Angeles. The agency specializes in real estate and energy/environment, including issues at the intersection of both arenas, such as building energy efficiency. Previously, Cary was a senior executive with CB Richard Ellis, the largest commercial real estate services company in the world, and vice president of Rogers & Associates, the California-based public relations firm. Cary's experience in alternative fuels and alternative-fuel vehicles includes extensive work for the natural-gas powered vehicle industry (NGVAmerica and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership) and American Honda, where he was involved in the launch of Honda's first hybrid gas-electric vehicle.

Cary is involved in civic affairs in Los Angeles to encourage responsible growth and development that respects neighborhoods, green space in the city, mass transit, and decent and affordable housing.

Affiliations:
-Founder, LA Neighbors United
-Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Los Angeles River
-Member, Board of Directors, Mid City West Community Council (a certified Neighborhood Council in the city of Los Angeles)
-Founder, Beverly West Residents Association
-Member, Urban Land Institute
-Member, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Cary graduated from Georgetown University (in the Patrick Ewing years!).

From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

In Los Angeles, the time has come to get serious about where we want to encourage density. "Density Everywhere" is not meaningful planning policy, and it undermines the success of mass transit, particularly rail, and efforts to curb greenhouse gases generated by car trips. Some people don't fear density so much as they fear unmanaged, unplanned growth ... the notion that a community plan can be overridden in a minute without due consideration including regard for infrastructure, public services and design.

How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

Maximizing our investment in transportation improvements requires that we look at the big picture, including the street-level infrastructure that can make or break whether people are comfortable walking to a transit station, walking in general, or riding a bike to get where they are going. There's no excuse for incomplete sidewalk networks in close proximity to rail stations, for example ... without safe sidewalks, how can we expect to encourage transit use?

What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

In Los Angeles we have an incredible mobility platform based on a network of boulevards and freeways. As we build out the rail system and carefully consider improvements to our bus lines, we shouldn't diminish the efficacy of our roadways. It's not mutually exclusive to want more and better mass transit while acknowledging that so much of what's great about LA can most easily be accessed by car, at least for the time being.

Join the Discussion, Share Your Perspective

You're encouraged to share your own perspective with AIA|LA. Answer the following six questions: (or feel free to add your own)

  1. From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

  2. How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

  3. From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

  4. What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

  5. What is your vision for the year 2050? Share a glimpse of a day-in-your life as it relates to your personal mobility.

  6. Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

The author of the most compelling response will receive a complimentary pass to the "Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium.

Share your perspective by writing Will Wright at will@aialosangeles.org with "The Architecture of Transportation" in the subject line.

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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