Learning from Los Angeles: Reusing and retrofitting vacant and underused buildings, including more than 10 million square feet of vacant space in the urban core, can help Los Angeles grow more sustainably and meet changing market demands for new uses such as creative office space or housing. This Preservation Green Lab report, Learning from Los Angeles, was the first in this research series aimed at analyzing demolition and development trends to develop strategies that foster building reuse in U.S. cities. Los Angeles served as the pilot city for the newly formed Partnership for Building Reuse between the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
In Los Angeles, the Preservation Green Lab gathered data and created maps showing citywide building demolition and development trends. This research informed a series of interviews and stakeholder meetings convened by the ULI Los Angeles district council to identify key barriers to building reuse and develop strategies to overcome these obstacles. The Learning from Los Angeles report summarizes the results, which include recommendations for city leaders, developers and property owners in Los Angeles, as well as other cities around the country.
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