American Makeover: The Movie


American Makeover is an inspiring string of urban improvement tales that demonstrate that even the most doomed of city spaces can be turned around: from the smog-chocked and spreading Atlanta, to Fresno’s downtown revival, to Buffalo’s transformative aspiration of turning freeways into boulevards.  American Makeover takes audiences to four cities across America in search of the antidote to suburban sprawl; four cities creating interesting and wonderful places to live, work, shop, eat and play —  towns and neighbourhoods designed so that people can get to most places they need to go to by walking. “We’re hoping to remind audiences of the harms of sprawl, but really focus on the solution, which comes down to how we design towns and communities.“ says Dr. Chris Elisara of First+Main Media, the movie’s producer.


After the movie stay for an in-depth conversation on urban design principles facing Los Angeles with


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 Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED AP+, is a Senior Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners where he directs the firm’s West Coast office in Downtown Los Angeles

Scott Epstein is the Chair of the Mid City West Community Council. Previously he was chair of the MCW Committe on Transportation, Parking & Streetscape.  During his time on MCW he lead an effort to build neighborhood greenways in Mid City West. The first nieghborhood council to present such a proposal to LADOT, the Bicycle Friendly Streets Proposal is a great example of urban planning from the bottom up.





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