Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

If there's one thing I've learned from the stories I've had dealing with governments and public agencies, it's that "it's a long process." I hope that plans to push through for the Cleantech corridor. LA (and the world) needs cleaner technology.
False start for Cleantech Corridor and Green District in Los Angeles.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: 16 August 2011, The Architect's Newspaper

Early rendering of the Arts District Park courtesy of JFAK.

The Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) continues to face roadblocks in creating a Cleantech Corridor and Green District, a 2,000-acre development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles conceived as a manufacturing base for sustainable industries.

The area was first envisioned in the fall of 2008 and was heavily supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as “the cornerstone” of his “vision to put Los Angeles at the forefront of the clean tech revolution.” The corridor runs from the Los Angeles State Historic Park to Santa Fe Avenue and 15th Street.

CRA/LA has two anchor projects in the area: the Cleantech Manufacturing Center, where CRA/LA hopes to house green manufacturing and technology companies, and the La Kretz Innovation Campus which will include offices for several clean technology-related companies. The former is on the skids, while the latter may finally be getting some traction. [read more]


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