ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), presents Transit Oriented Los Angeles 2018: Upward Mobility – Pathways to Inclusive Transit Neighborhoods. The annual, interactive event is Thursday, November 8, 7:30-noon at Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3911.

This year’s ToLA unveils exclusive research from the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies on transit-oriented development and its impact on housing and neighborhood amenities. ToLA also presents transportation, planning and development leaders discussing how L.A.’s transit systems can be an equitable economic force.


“As the Los Angeles region grapples with housing affordability and other social crises, investing in transit oriented communities can be a powerful force for good,” said ULI Los Angeles ToLA Chair and LA Metro Deputy Executive Officer Nick Saponara. “The new UCLA research reveals the potential for more Angelenos living, working and playing in areas where they have mobility choices and a better quality of life. ToLA also presents local and national experts offering new tools for equitable development and community change.”

Event Highlights and Speakers

Unveiling UCLA Research

The new report from the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies reveals the opportunities and constraints around transit-oriented development – particularly its impact on housing variety and healthy amenities – in a diverse set of Los Angeles County neighborhoods.

  • Paavo Monkkonen, Associate Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Panel 1: Leading Voices: Balancing the Impacts of Transit Investments

Framed by the UCLA findings, public-sector leaders discuss reshaping their communities and maximizing equitable outcomes.

  • Cecilia Estolano, Estolano LeSar Advisors (Moderator)
  • Vince Bertoni, Planning Director, City of Los Angeles
  • Richard Rojas, Director of Community Development, City of Compton
  • Hon. Thomas Small, Mayor, City of Culver City
  • Hon. Terry Tornek, Mayor, City of Pasadena

Keynote: Hon. Sheila Kuehl, Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor;

             Chair, LA Metro Board of Directors

Panel #2: The Power of Positive Development

Public, private and non-profit leaders, national experts and advocates discuss reshaping communities to maximize equitable outcomes.  

  • Jenna Hornstock, Executive Officer, LA Metro  (Moderator)
  • Brad Cox, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
  • Calvin Gladney, President and CEO, Smart Growth America
  • Kim McCay, Executive Vice President, BRIDGE Housing
  • Cynthia Strathmann, Executive Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Closing Keynote: Reframing the Conversation about Community Change

Becky Margiotta of The Billions Institute, an expert in social change and change management, offers language and strategies to re-shape public discourse and unleash the power of city-building.

The Japanese National American Museum is at 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

About ToLA

ToLA, or Transit-Oriented Los Angeles, is one of ULI Los Angeles’ signature annual events. Exploring how to dramatically improve the city’s transportation corridors, ToLA presents new transportation research and best practices, gathers interactive panel presentations from nationally recognized speakers, and explores how bold planning of transportation development can help achieve a truly transit-oriented Los Angeles.


  • Private: $90, / $120 for non-ULI members
  • Public, nonprofit, under 35: $80 / $110 non-members
  • Student: $70 / $95 non-members
  • Sponsorship opportunities available.