The AIA/LA held its last mayoral candidate forum this past Friday night, with LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and City Planning Commission President Bill Roschen talking to Silver Lake's favorite city councilmember, Eric Garcetti (this is a politician who's not afraid to quote Dostoevsky). Garcetti plays well to the architecture nerd and progressive planning crowds--he talked Friday about his grandparents' Buff & Hensman house, Paul Williams on the Planning Commission, and (approvingly) about how LA has become a more public and less private city over the past decade. He repeatedly emphasized pedestrian friendliness and small changes that can make LA both more urban and more livable: his district's recently-opened Sunset Triangle pedestrian plaza, the Atwater Village parking credit program, making transit stations more enjoyable. He also said he'd like to make CicLAvia permanent and monthly, and to hold it in different places around the city. And, in a discussion about creating a stronger cultural identity for the city, he asked "Why should SXSW be the only great urban music festival in America when all the great music was made and is made here?"
Prior mayoral forums featured Councilmember Jan Perry, former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, and Radio Talk Show Host Kevin James, and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
· Here's Mayoral Candidate Kevin James on Planning in LA [Curbed LA]
· Here's Mayoral Candidate Austin Beutner on Planning in LA [Curbed LA]
· Here're Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry's Thoughts on LA Planning [Curbed LA]
· Here's Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel on Planning in LA [Curbed LA]