The Industrial BID hosted graduate students from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs as part of a 10-week course that focused on the impact of the proposed Southeast Gateway rail project (formerly the West Santa Ana Branch) along Alameda St. The focus of the course is to develop land use and mobility policies for a district or neighborhood in parallel with a real-world project. BID Executive Director Estela Lopez and Little Tokyo Business Association President David Ikegami met with the students in January to talk about the economic opportunities of the rail line and the stations planned in each community. The students made numerous site visits, working in teams to identify both the benefits as well as challenges posed by integrating regional public transit into historic communities. The class returned in March to present their impressive final recommendations. We thank the students, UCLA, and professor Gaurav Srivastava for inviting the BID to participate in this year’s course.


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