Where Do the Children Play?

parking_meter.jpg Did you know that if we stretched all of Downtown LA’s parking spaces across one lot, more than 80 percent of downtown would be reserved for cars? But while there’s ample space for our cars (for a price), two-thirds of the county's children don't have a park within walking distance of their homes.

Tomorrow night, “Park City, L.A.” – a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment – explores how LA uses its land and what those choices do to residents’ health.

The panel comes just before the second annual Park[ing] Day LA, an event that raises awareness about the need for open urban space. Discussing the issue of urban development and health will be Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris from UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning; Joe Linton, an author, activist and co-founder of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition; Emily Gabel-Luddy, chief urban designer, Urban Design Studio, of LA’s Department of City Planning; and moderator Amanda Sigafoos, business development, Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

The 7:00 p.m. panel on Wednesday, "Park City, L.A.," is free and open to the public, but RSVPs recommended.

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