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The Past and Future of L.A.’s Metro Rail
The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Department of Public Policy, and History Department presents, Professor Ethan Elkind, “The Past and Future of L.A’s Metro Rail.”
Professor Ethan Elkind is the Director of the Climate Program at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law.
He is the author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City (2014). The California Planning & Development Report lauded Elkind’s book, saying it “…tells a straightforward, well researched story — with little embellishment or dramatic flair — not about the politics of rail writ large but rather about the specific political process that birthed, delayed, and, eventually, gave rise to today’s system…The story makes for hard driving, but essential reading.”
This presentation will cover the recent history of Metro Rail and its likely future with the passage of Measure M, Los Angeles County’s transportation tax and master plan to build out a comprehensive transit network.
Challenges ahead for Jordan Downs & South LA
We will turn our attention back to Los Angeles as a follow up from the screening of the “70 Acres in Chicago” and the discussion of the destruction of the Cabrini Green development. On Thursday, January 26, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and the UCLA Ziman Center’s Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility will host a discussion centering around Jordan Downs, the Los Angeles public housing development slated for transformation into an “urban village.” This years-long redevelopment effort is one of the largest public works projects in Los Angeles. Many people wonder how the 2,600 current residents will fare, particularly in Los Angeles’ housing crisis. The event will situate Jordan Downs in the cultural history and geography of Watts and South Los Angeles, identify current residents’ concerns and highlight how residents and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles are working to shape redevelopment.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: WEALTH, COMMUNITY & THE POLITICS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP
Join us for lunch and a talk with Brian McCabe on his new book, which looks at the challenges associated with our commitment to homeownership.
Professor McCabe’s recent book unpacks the challenges of strengthening communities through homeownership as owning a home has emerged as the core vehicle for building wealth in the United States. Tracing the origins of our commitment to homeownership to the early-twentieth century, the book offers a unique perspective on the enduring place homeownership continues to hold in the wake of the housing crisis.
Brian J. McCabe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Through his scholarship and teaching, Professor McCabe investigates the structures that contribute to social inequality, especially in American cities. His research offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cities, combining his training in sociology, geography and public policy to investigate housing policy and other urban issues. Professor McCabe graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2002. He completed a Masters degree in urban geography at the London School of Economics in 2004 and a PhD in the Sociology Department at New York University in 2011.