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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?

Last night at the GOOD Magazine/deLab/LACBC/Coalition for Clean Air car-free event at railLA's exhibit, LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space, Rojas led mini workshops letting anyone play planner. In fact, to Rojas, we're all urban planners, whether we do it for a living or not (you always say to yourself, the city could have done this better by doing that, right?).

The art and planning exhibit runs through the end of August. It can be found at the Jewel Box at City National Plaza (525 S. Flower Street, but enter through Figueroa).