The failed Olmsted Plan, a plan that would have seen The mountains, desert, San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers, Palos Verdes, and all of the coastline linked through parks.

  1. The 1924 Olmsted plan for the roadways was good too. It called for road widenings and some parkways, but basically no freeways as we know them today, and for grade separated transit. It was a much more balanced holistic approach to what we have today.

  2. I feel like there's so much great stuff about LA but that's despite the fact that we ended up with seemingly the worst possible development plan

  3. The Olmsted bothers initially planned an extensive park system for LA full of additional Parkways throughout the County. It was extremely carefully researched and full plans for everything were done, meaning the city/county only needed to build it. Unfortunately, the county decided to never disperse the plans and kept them under raps, meaning the project never gained any momentum.

  4. Not entirely true. I have worked with LAC parks dept on a few projects and a lot of what they do is guided by the Olmsted plan. The issue is that county-wide plans like this are hard to implement because each city has different visions and many DGAF about how their own recreation planning integrates with their neighbors.

  5. Emerald Necklace is also a series of parks in Boston! Also designed by Olmsted. Never knew he planned one out here too, interesting!

  6. Pairing this with properly grade separating the pacific red line instead of trashing it... I think LA would literally have been heaven on earth!

  7. At the very least we should’ve prevented development on all of our hilly areas for habitat and public access: Palos Verdes Peninsula, Santa Monica Mountains, Whittier/Puente Hills, and of course the San Gabriels (though a proper mountain town like then Alps would be nice).

  8. Not if you account for the original zoning of LA, which was meant to be much denser and thus increasing housing supply and reducing housing costs

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