Los Angeles Named “Resilient City” by Rockefeller Foundation

33 Resilient Cities Announced by Rockefeller Foundation

Los Angeles was  one of five California cities selected as a recipient for “the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – cities who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses” (Rodin, 2013).

The Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge to enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st century. Out of nearly 400 cities across six continents that have applied, 100 of the world’s cities will be selected to receive technical support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience over the next three years. (http://100resilientcities.rockefellerfoundation.org/pages/about-the-challenge)

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In Spring 2013, Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities, wrote an article for the  Association of American Geographers (AAG)  describing Los Angeles as the improbably sustainable city.

To many, even Angelenos, Los Angeles is the poster child of all that is unsustainable. Sprawling, polluted, car dependent, center-less, the importer of water, devoid of culture and urbanity, Los Angeles is seen as the antithesis of a sustainable city. But some basic indicators show how Los Angeles, and its surrounding county, may now be different from the stereotypes. There are surprising attributes of its urban form, products of the 20th century urban boom and restless ambition. While not a high-rise city like Tokyo or even parts of Sao Paolo, Los Angeles is the densest metropolitan region in the United States. Its form and morphology are such that sustainability infrastructure can be deployed: distributed generation for electricity, and the land capacity for storage; room for urban farming and water reinfiltration projects, land for more small and large parks, and greening. Further densification is possible, too, and if implemented delicately and artfully, will further the goal of beautiful, transit-friendly, walkable neighborhoods that support vibrant communities and businesses at all scales. Yet homeowner associations actively oppose any increase in density in single-family zones, a common problem in many cities that impedes further sustainability success.

To continue reading, please click here to view the full article on the AAG website.