Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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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June 2015 105 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 7 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 8 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 9 L.A. Settles "Sidewalk Suit"— Commits to $1.4 Billion in Upgrades On April 1, 2015, after five years of litigation, an agreement was reached by the city of Los Angeles in the class-action lawsuit Willits v. City of Los Angeles. The suit was brought against the city by persons with mobility disabilities to force the city to repair broken down sidewalks and make other pedestrian improvements. The basis for the suit is in the language of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which "prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in … transportation, public accommodation…", among other areas. The agreement, which is still pending a judge's approval, calls for the city of Los Angeles to commit $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to repair and upgrade its sidewalks, install curb ramps and ensure access to crosswalks. "Instead of fighting against fixing our sidewalks, we came to the table to reach an agreement to invest more than a billion dollars in our sidewalk infrastructure – which will improve access and safety, and boost property values and neighborhood pride." —L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

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