Planning Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn't planned; it just happens. Right?

Not so fast! Despite the city's reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane has enlisted more than 35 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis. Together they cover the influences and outcomes of planning for a diverse population, regulating land use, and providing transportation in a sprawling city, protecting green space, and supporting economic development.

Planning Los Angeles launches a new series from APA Planners Press. Each year Planners Press will bring out a new study on a major American city. Natives, newcomers, and out-of-towners will get insiders' views of today's hot-button issues and a new way of seeing the patterns and perils of urban evolution.


Timothy Mennel, editor of APA Planners Press, interviews editor David C. Sloane and contributors Todd Gish and Andrew Whittemore, on their newest book, Planning Los Angeles.

APA's Roberta Rewers talks with Aaron Paley about the CicLAvia bicycle and pedestrian event in Los Angeles.

David C. SloaneAbout the Editor & Contributors


David C. Sloane is a professor and director of undergraduate programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and recently completed his second term as a regional representative on the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.


Elisa Barbour
Amanda Berman
Ken Bernstein, AICP
Vinayak Bharne
Marlon G. Boarnet
Janis Breidenbach
Margaret Crawford
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
William Deverell
Meredith Drake Reitan
William Fulton, AICP
Lark Galloway-Gilliam
Sam Gennawey
Todd Gish
Gilda Haas
Greg Hise
Anna Jacobsen
Martin Krieger
Robert A. Leiter, FAICP
Travis Longcore
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Doug McCulloh
Sarah Mawhorter
Vinit Mukhija
Juliet Musso
Dowell Myers
Aaron Paley
Simon Pastucha
Steven A. Preston, FAICP
Christian L. Redfearn
Lisa Schweitzer
Josh Sides
Kenneth C. Topping, FAICP
Joshua Wheeler
Andrew H. Whittemore
John Wilson
Jennifer Wolch
Goetz Wolff
David Yamamoto


Planning Los Angeles features a number of full-color images of the city.

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April 19, 2012

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April 16, 2012

Take a look back at another wonderful CicLAvia
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April 16, 2012

CicLAVia's Aaron Paley on the spectacle's trajectory, notions of public space
The Planning Report
April 15, 2012

CicLAvia: Getting down, changing perspective, seeing LA from a different angle
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April 11, 2012

Unplanned L.A.? Think Again
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April 11, 2012

Planning Los Angeles book, edited by David Sloane, now available
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April 6, 2012

Planning Los Angeles: An Interview with David C. Sloane
March 30, 2012

Advance Praise

"These newly minted, masterful essays honestly face the losses and gains of planning in a City of Angels that belongs to all of us."
—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California and California State Librarian Emeritus