Welcome to WUF
Westside UrbanForum is now in its third decade as the premier networking organization dedicated to the land-use dialogue impacting Los Angeles’ Westside. Our monthly speaker series features good company and distinguished insightful speakers focused on a lively debate about the future of our urban fabric. As a group of developers, planners, designers, architects and community members engaged in all facets of planning and development, we seek to increase the quality of policy discussions impacting the Westside.
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IS THE VALLEY OVER THE HILL?
Though it's very much within Los Angeles city limits, San Fernando Valley long has been known as the "suburb” of Los Angeles. It's been called "America's Suburb" for its role in promoting the ideal of the bedroom community, even as it's been compared unfavorably--and often unfairly--to places just the other side of the mountains. While many parts of Los Angeles have experienced urban renaissance, as social, cultural, and demographic trends have enticed people back to the city, there is a perception that all of the Valley remains suburban. While communities along Ventura Boulevard have embraced walkability, other parts of the Valley have few true urban centers and a local economy that is faltering. Can a suburb of this size thrive in today's world adjacent to an increasingly urban Los Angeles or do changes need to be made to preserve the Valley’s social and economic relevance? How can the Valley thrive in the age of smart growth?
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