City and Regional Planning

LA+LB 2050

Fall 2015 Studio

Balancing the global and the local in a working port environment

LA+LB 2050 is an ambitious, timely, and systematic plan to enhance the resilience of the Los Angeles and Long Beach waterfront over the next 35 years. This plan recognizes a need for robust resilience planning in the Los Angeles and Long Beach communities along the San Pedro Bay. As the home of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, the LA/LB waterfront is a critical economic engine for both the state and the nation. The communities neighboring the ports, however, are characterized by vast social, economic, and environmental disparities. The social and economic vulnerability of many of the neighborhoods adjacent to the ports is compounded by the economic vulnerability of the ports themselves. Lack of coordination between the ports contributed to the massive congestion and bottlenecks of late 2014 and early 2015, which cost the U.S. economy $1 billion per day.

LA+LB 2050 systematically builds upon the new opportunities presented by recent shifts in port-community and port-port relations to address the waterfront’s most persistent challenges and prepare for the most likely future stresses. The challenges identified as most pressing for the LA/LB waterfront include the crisis in affordable housing, the lack of a diversified economy, the high levels of congestion throughout the area, and the alarming levels of pollution in neighborhoods near the ports. The goals of LA+LB 2050 are ambitious, but are believed to be within reach. By collaborating on on the interventions proposed by this plan, the leaders of Los Angeles and Long Beach can create a more resilient landscape, community, and economy, capable not only of surviving unpredictable future stresses, but of adapting and thriving as well.