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Photos: Designing L.A. With Toys & Other Abstract Objects at Last Night's Car-Free Party

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If you were to design a city, how would you do it? And what would you make if your design proposal was made from a mishmash of toy blocks and other abstract colorful small pieces of plastic and wood? To retired Metro planner and current co-chair of railLA James Rojas, this is an approach urban planners should take when taking on a project.

Why? To simply put it, if you give a planner a handful of miniature houses and micro machines, all they're going to come up with is make a suburb. What planning needs is creative ideas to solve the equation of a fluidly working urban oasis, which, of course, should have rail as a component, right?