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Westside Cities (Los Angeles) - Livable Boulevards Symposium

Client: Southern California Association of Governments & Westside Cities Council of Governments, CA

The Westside Cities Council of Governments (COG), made up of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood, engaged FTS to assist the cities explore the issues related to creating Livable Boulevards and further COG members’ understanding of the connection between land use, mobility and access to enrich the quality of life on and off major arterials.  Through a white paper, resource CD and symposium event, FTS provided insight on how to achieve mobility through multiple modes, increase access, ensure continued economic vitality, address housing needs, create a sense of place, look at strategic infill, and foster sustainability along large streets.

FTS brought together experts from multiple fields to provide insight about developing Livable Boulevards.


  • Shared challenges in arterial improvement projects.
  • Few opportunities to share information or collaborate.
  • Community resistance to new development on arterials.
  • Lack of consensus about the benefits and possibilities for “Livable Boulevards”.


  • Build a shared understanding of
    Livable Boulevard
  • Generate excitement, interest and new knowledge
  • Assist in developing land use and transportation strategies to redesign regional arterials
  • Create a lasting resource to expand the influence of the project ideas and stimulate further action.


Project Completed October 2006

  • A White Paper providing a framework for guiding change along arterial streets.
  • A Toolkit CD of resources about and examples of Livable Boulevards.
  • A One-Day symposium addressing key issues, state-of-the-art urban design concepts, and needed skills.

In collaboration with:

Ikkanda Design Group