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Livable Communities Case Studies Report

Client: Gateway Cities Council of Governments, CA

The Livable Communities Case Studies Report for the GCCOC is a strategy document that presents detailed solutions to revitalize downtown Artesia, to reuse industrial lands in Paramount, and to make streetscape improvements along an arterial highway in Pico Rivera. 

Envisioned development that transitions between existing residential neighborhoods and redeveloped Brownfield sites.


Typical disinvested strip corridor within study area

  • City of Artesia: Desire to create a vibrant downtown along Pioneer Boulevard in spite of high traffic volumes.
  • City of Paramount: Industrial and brownfield lands developing in haphazard fashion, cutting one neighborhood off from another.
  • City of Pico Rivera: Washington Boulevard, once a primary corridor for industrial uses suffering from disinvestment, high levels.


  • Overall: Provide an urban design and planning reference manual for cities within the GCCOG jurisdiction to enhance livability.
  • City of Artesia: Revitalize the downtown using land use policy and architectural guidelines to showcase the unique qualities of the city.
  • City of Paramount: Provide a framework for the development of industrial lands to create walkable, mixed-use districts.
  • City of Pico Rivera: Develop urban design recommendations to instigate the transformation of Washington Boulevard into an attractive mixed-use corridor.



Final report completed and submitted January, 2001

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