Design for Dignity 2022AIA Los Angeles

On July 22, AIA Los Angeles will hold its 7th annual Design For Dignity conference, highlighting best-practices and pay tribute to the architects, contractors, housing developers, clients, funders, and service providers that are working to deliver housing and supportive services. This year's theme will be “HOUSING SOLUTIONS: What’s working well and why?”

Here's what we're reading this week:

L.A. County on verge of indoor mask mandate as deaths, hospitalizations rise "Should L.A. County remain in the high COVID-19 community level, which is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the next two Thursdays, a new masking order would be issued with an effective date of July 29." (LA Times)

2022 Update on LA Metro Projects Nick Andert's latest Metro update drops (Nick Andert - YouTube)

Conceptual redevelopment of 710 trench in PasadenaMoule & Polyzoides

The 710 stub and Southern California’s transit future "Removing all that concrete gives Pasadena a once-in-a-generation opportunity to repair 50-year-old wounds. While it costs more to fill in a huge hole in the city than it did to gouge it out, the ultimate public value is incalculable. There’s room for needed housing, especially affordable housing (close to transit, immediately adjacent to Old Pasadena) as well as for parks and greenery to serve the entire community and enhance beautiful residential areas." (Daily Breeze)

CEO Wiggins Pledges to Restore Metro Ridership to Pre-COVID Levels by July 2023 "Metro ridership rebounded largely in between the heaviest COVID surges – the largest of which took place during the last two December-January periods. To date, Metro’s COVID-era high mark was in November 2021, when the system carried 71 percent of pre-COVID ridership....As of last month, overall boardings were at 66 percent of pre-COVID numbers." (Streetsblog LA)

Maps Show Northeast LA, San Pedro, Wilmington Among Areas Most Affected By Extreme Heat "In Los Angeles County, the areas affected most by extreme heat days include the northern and western San Fernando Valley, Northeast L.A. and Highland Park, South L.A., Wilmington and San Pedro, East L.A. and Baldwin Park, Valinda, Pomona, and western Lancaster." (LAist)

Rail to Rail/River Corridor MapMetro

Rail-to-Rail Bike/Walk Path Breaks Ground on Slauson; Officials Speak to Its Significance for Corridor "The project is expected to be completed by late 2023/early 2024"

L.A. water use plunges a record 9% as unprecedented water restrictions bring savings "Under the new rules, L.A. residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Mondays and Fridays, while those with even numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays." (LA Times)