How Creative is that Space?

It is quite common to see the descriptor “creative” attached to advertisements aimed at leasing office space. The title, once reserved for artsy renovations of older, usually industrial buildings, is now ubiquitous and equally likely to be found describing space...

Landscape Architecture As Necessity Conference

I recently attended an extraordinary conference aimed at examining environmental concerns and cultural issues as they manifest themselves in the open spaces we make, whether they are in the most urban parts of our cities, at the interface of developed and wild space, or in the newly open spaces created by shrinking cities and the abandoned building sites that result.

Animal Bridges

From The Los Angeles Times, Sept.  2, 2015 Caltrans proposes wildlife overpass on 101 Freeway By Martha Groves Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if the state adopts a plan to build a landscaped bridge over the 101...

Other Communities Address the Problem

Federal Level: Federal Highway Administration: Greener Roadsides Raymond Sauvajot National Park Service (805)370-2339 Switzerland has developed some of the most sophisticated techniques for reducing transportation infrastructure impacts on wildlife. The Swiss approach...

Driving Through the Wetlands

My normal commute to work takes me through the Ballona Wetlands. Every day you see one or more small animals that did not make it across Culver or Jefferson the night before. I started to wonder if there was something that could be done about that. Since the roadways...

About Critter Crossing | Ballona Wetlands

The maintenance of wildlife corridors has emerged as an important planning criteria for our cities, especially in a city like Los Angeles, which has an extensive interface with areas of wilderness and zones of open space that accommodate the movement of animals. A number of interventions over the years have compromised the condition of the wetlands at the mouth of the Ballona Creek. There have been recent efforts, with some success, at restoring sections of the wetland area.

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