Can Los Angeles Learn to Plan for the Future?

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Mayor Tom Bradley said Los Angeles should be a "world class city," but in his administration and ever since, urban planning has been the stepchild of development. Now, Antonio Villaraigosa has hired Gail Goldberg to do for LA what's been done in San Diego. What is that, and is it really applicable to a city that's more than three times bigger and faced not just with inevitable growth but incomparable diversity? We talk with Gail Goldberg and others, including a member of the Ventura City Council and a planner who worked with Goldberg for nearly a decade in San Diego.
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