Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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114 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The song says, "We Love L.A.," but it's America's homeless capital, has the worst traffic congestion in the nation and since 2010 has added only 25,000 new housing units. The median home price is $610,000, an increase of $240,000 over the last 5 years, and renters make up 53.9% of L.A. area residents (U.S. Census' 2015 American Community Survey). L.A. builders face high costs for land and labor, and are thwarted at every turn by permitting and approval red tape. You would think the city would bend over backwards to facilitate housing development. Just the opposite approach is currently being pushed. It's called Measure S ("Neighborhood Integrity Initiative"), the anti-development initiative on the March 7 ballot in L.A. Measure S was preceded by Proposition U, which easily passed in November 1986. Prop U mandated reducing the size and height of new buildings capping commercial development, but it also has ended up keeping new housing from being built. Measure S calls for a two-year moratorium on developments requiring an amendment to the city's general plan, as well as a permanent ban on such projects on sites smaller than 15 acres. Brother, Can You Spare a Developer? JUST FOR FUN! The Eagle Has Landed The French military, concerned over the threat of "toy" drones (i.e., the kind anyone can purchase) carrying dangerous payloads is training eagles to grab drones from the sky in their talons and take them to the ground. Four eagles hatched just last year have already been trained for this mission and have successfully chased and taken down drones. The eagles are named after the characters in Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers: d'Artagnan, plus the three swordsmen: Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The Dutch National Police have similarly trained eagles for the same purpose. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 5 PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY HARRIS, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, ALASKA.

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