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About the Initiative

The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative is a Luskin School of Public Affairs-wide program working to achieve more livable and complete streets for people in the Los Angeles region. Complete streets enable people to travel safely regardless of their transportation mode, ability or age. The Initiative expands beyond complete streets to also encompass living streets concepts in street design in areas such as, street-water management, landscaping and fostering vibrant economic development.  The program works achieve our goals through creating decision support tools for our community stakeholders and civic partners, promoting education opportunities, public outreach and research. Our approach is cross-disciplinary requiring input from academics and professionals within urban planning, public health, architecture, engineering, safety and economic development, among others.The Complete Streets Initiative is supported by the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Luskin Center for Innovation and the Dean’s Office of the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

About the Program Director

Madeline Brozen Madeline Brozen is the Program Director of the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative. Her background is in transportation planning, non-motorized transportation, GIS and applied research. Prior to working with the Complete Streets Initiative, Madeline worked for the NASA DEVELOP Program performing applied earth science research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and Stennis Space Center, outside of New Orleans. During her time in Los Angeles, Madeline worked for Ryan Snyder Associates as an assistant transportation planner on Safe Routes to School and Bicycle/Pedestrian Master plans. Madeline is a long time cyclist and public transit user and her interest in complete streets projects and policy stems from her love of having a variety of transportation options available.

Madeline holds a M.A in Urban Planning from UCLA, where she focused on transportation planning. She also holds a B.S in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans where she focused on GIS and Remote Sensing. Madeline is a two-time scholarship winner from WTS-LA. She also received the Outstanding Student Award from the University of New Orleans and an award for Service to the Community from the UCLA Urban Planning Faculty.

Madeline can be reached by phone at (424) 255-8737 or e-mail at

Complete Streets: Pathways to Implementation – 2013

For information about the 2013 Complete Streets for California conference, please click here

2013 Conference Program Booklet 

Complete Streets for California – 2012

For information about the 2012 Complete Streets for California conference, please click here

2012 Conference Program Booklet 

Complete Streets for Los Angeles – 2011

For information about the 2011 Complete Streets for Los Angeles conference, please click here


Recent News

Too Much and Not Enough: 2018 Downtown LA Forum tackles housing costs and scarcity

By Stan Paul

“Too Much and Not Enough” is a recipe for a crisis when it comes to rising rents and lack of available and affordable housing in Los Angeles County.

It also was an apt title of the Lewis Center’s 11th annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment, held May 18 at the California Endowment.

“The short story is the rent has been getting ‘too damn high’ for decades, and renter wages have not kept up,” said moderator Michael Lens, Lewis Center associate director and associate professor of urban planning and public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

In the last few years, a threshold […]

By | May 31st, 2018|

Videos: 2017-18 Housing, Equity, and Community Series

The 2017-18 edition of the Housing, Equity, and Community Series — a collaboration between the Lewis Center, the Institute for Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate — kicked off in the fall with a screening of the award-winning documentary “East LA Interchange.” The film traces the intersections of pollution, transportation, and gentrification in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Director Betsy Kalin and longtime Boyle Heights resident Nancy Romero joined Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens, the host of the series, for a moderated discussion.

Part 1 of the series’ lunchtime panel discussions tackled the homelessness […]

By | May 21st, 2018|

Housing, Equity, and Community Series: Discussions of rent control, stabilization, and evictions

By Zev Hurwitz

Though housing prices in Los Angeles are seemingly out of control, it may be control that can start to ease the burden for struggling renters.

At a panel conversation held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs on February 26, a trio of experts discussed the housing crisis in the area and the potential for new rent control and eviction protections to help stabilize living situations in Los Angeles. 

The event was the second in the Housing, Equity, and Community Series hosted by the Lewis Center, the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. The next installment in the […]

By | March 1st, 2018|

UCLA Luskin study documents lack of economic progress in South LA in 50 years since Kerner Commission

On the 50th anniversary of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders report on racial inequality and inner-city conditions — better known as the Kerner Commission — researchers at UCLA Luskin’s Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK) have found that one of the commission’s primary areas of focus, South Los Angeles, has experienced little economic progress over the past half-century.

The new study, supported by the Lewis Center and many other partners, determined that the wage gap for South LA workers has actually widened since the Kerner Commission, decreasing from 80 cents on the dollar compared to average Los Angeles County workers in 1960 to about 60 cents on the dollar […]

By | February 28th, 2018|

Guest post: Proposition HHH and the housing-first approach to ending chronic homelessness in LA

By Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, president and CEO of LA Family Housing

Angelenos care deeply about our city’s homelessness crisis. And we know what the solution is: Building more homes.

Last January, as part of the annual census of people experiencing homelessness, nearly 8,000 volunteers counted 58,000 people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County — a 23 percent rise over the previous year. More than 34,000 people were counted within the city limits, nearly three-quarters of whom were living unsheltered and almost one-third of whom were defined as chronically homeless. The 2018 homeless count begins on January […]

By | January 17th, 2018|

New research briefs: Why isn’t there enough affordable housing in LA?

The research is clear: Los Angeles needs to build more housing.

The city’s affordability crisis, which drives its growing homelessness, displacement, and resident cost burdens, is indisputably the result of a severe housing shortage. The pace of housing development has not remotely kept pace with the increase in new residents over the past three decades.

Why isn’t there enough affordable housing in LA? And what could be done to create more?

Lewis Center faculty and students have spent the past year studying these question in detail, and have produced three briefs detailing new research into the causes of, and potential solutions to, LA’s housing […]

By | December 14th, 2017|

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