city_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-64Last night we heard a series of presentations about LA’s dynamic urban landscape.  The topics were presented by local people passionate about their community and working hard to bring about positive change to their neighborhood.

These talks were watch by an audience of filmmakers who then selected a presenter and topic to make a film about. The films have to be completed by next Saturday at midnight.

The films will each be 3-5 minutes in length and will be premiered at the Helms Design Center in Culver City on Sunday Night October 9th at 7pm.  

Here’s a summary of the presenters and their topics.

Luke Klippcity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-84

Why the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ‘Neighborhood Integrity Initiative’ sucks (and isn’t about our neighborhoods or their integrity).

Luke presented on the upcoming ballot initiative known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (NII).  Luke highlighted some of the reasons and motivations for the NII, and explained the many other reasons why the NII is short-sighted and disastrous for Los Angeles’ goals of building affordable housing, market rate housing, prize architecture, civic institutions and cultural centers.

Carolin Kewercity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-101

Art Crash. 

Carolin presented on a group bike ride series that tours art gallery openings and shows.  The group dynamic makes the ride safe, fun, relaxed and community oriented.  This ride is not your bike enthusiast commuter with lycra and gadgets, it is for the casual bicyclist who wants to go out on the town, but not have to find parking, or worse, pay for parking.

Tim Delvincity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-108

Los Angeles River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Project.

Tim presented on a project he is working on with Gruen Associates which would transform parts of the LA River into an active transportation network and greenway.

Ann Bridgescity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-122

Sidewalk Utility Boxes as Fine Art

Ann presented on her work painting murals on the signal boxes along LA City Streets.  Probably the easiest to find is her work on the signal box outside the Metro station at Wilshire and Western. Ann is a classically trained painter, who has a studio and teaches in the Korean town neighborhood. She spends 10 days on each signal box, a bulk of the time is spent cleaning the posters and graffiti.

Doris Goldsteincity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-130

The Zero Parking Solution – How getting rid of the two-spaces-per-unit rule can fix LA housing.

Doris’ presentation advocated for market driven parking minimums and suggested allowing buildings to only rent to carless individuals -a no cars policy similar to no dogs policy. Providing parking adds costs to housing projects which ultimately reduce the number of housing units on the market and increase the rent $300 per parking space.

Joel Epsteincity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-132


Joel presented on LA311 the handy app and phone number for reporting broken sidewalks, abandoned furniture, broken pipes, and many more problems the city can fix.

Scott Salecity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-140

The Crisis of Homelessness

Scott presented on the Coordinated Entry System which seeks to people experiencing homelessness navigate the social service agencies networks and make sure that the help that is available is accessible to our neighbors living on the streets.

Nick Solishcity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-150

The Grove Drive Redesign – integrating The Grove into the neighborhood through improved pedestrian streetscape.

Nick presented on the dangers and hazards that must be overcome by neighbors who walk or bike to The Grove. He suggested re-designs of the street between Pan Pacific Park and The Grove that would better serve foot traffic and connect The Grove to the world class park across the street.

Sanjay Guptacity_stories_on_the_silver_screen_day2_sept_29-154

Two Wheeled Genius

Sanjay explained the benefits of riding a bike as a commuter and how the bicycle can be made more accessible to the general public through better education, infrastructure and bike share.


Videos and Films

Videos of the presentations will be available on Youtube Monday Oct 3rd

Films made about the projects and proposals will premiere on Sunday Oct 9th at 7pm at the Helms Design Center.

Get your tickets to the premiere today!