SPUR: Planning LA

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Immense, diverse and surprisingly dense, Los Angeles is a living laboratory of art and architecture, pop culture and immigrant enclaves. California’s largest city, it is a symbol of auto-centric urbanism but has also pioneered efforts at urban retrofit, infill development and environmental restoration. Come join SPUR staff and Los Angeles Study Trip participants David Baker and Larry Burnett as they share the latest in urban planning and design from the City of Angels.

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