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Fear and Public Space; Can LA Be Water Self-Sufficient?

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Recent shootings in Paris, Colorado and San Bernardino have added to growing jitters about random attacks in regular gathering places. Will this impact the design of public space? DnA gets answers from three urban planners.

El Niño is coming but will we save the rain? Maybe not this year. But cities and water agencies across the region are looking at ways to become water self-sufficient -- with homeowners playing a part. From mandatory water cisterns to enlarging spreading grounds and paving streets with "thirsty concrete," engineers, city managers and activists walk us through a transformation in water management.

Photo: Bioswale at the LA Zoo, courtesy of City Engineer at the City of Los Angeles