Colloquium XIII: The Complete Street – Wrongs and Rights-of-way

As part of its Saturdays at The Huntington Library Colloquia series, the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group presented:

Colloquium XIII
The Complete Street – Wrongs and Rights-of-way

  • When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 9 am-2 pm
  • Where: Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA  91108

A “complete” street – 7th Street and Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles in 1926

Did you know that most of the open space in Los Angeles is dedicated to our public streets? The history of how we have used this precious resource has changed over time. Today, the region is about to spend billions of dollars to create a “Complete Streets” network. Planners promise that recapturing the public street right-of-way for people will address transportation, health, environmental, and quality of life needs. Is this the right course or just another solution addressing the problems of the moment? Come hear about the past, the present, and the implications for the streets of the future.

A distinguished Panel, moderated by Allyn Rifkin, Transportation Planner and Engineer and LARPHG Board member, addressed these and other questions:

  • Greg Fischer, Board Member and Legendary Los Angeles Streets Historian, Founder of LA1781, Inc.
  • Rock Miller, Traffic Engineer and the original Bicycle Path Planner, Former International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Deborah Murphy, Urban Designer/Planner and Pedestrian Advocate, Founder of “Los Angeles Walks”
  • Ryan Johnson, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Co-Chair, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), Southern California Chapter
  • Claire Bowin, Citywide Planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department, Project Manager for LA Mobility Plan 2035
  • Fred Dock, Director of Transportation, City of Pasadena, Experienced Connector of the Pasadena Community to the Metro Rail System
  • Nathan Baird, Mobility and Healthy Living Programs Officer, City of Long Beach, Implementer of the City’s growing Active Transportation Network
  • Sam Gennawey, Board Member, facilitated an interactive dialogue between the Panel and the audience after lunch.

Hear the presentations:

Below is a link to audio recordings of the presentations.


“The Complete Street: Wrongs and Rights of Way”: The Los Angeles Region Planning History Group presents a symposium examining the Complete Streets movement. Speakers discuss how urban planners are exploring ways to recapture the public rights of way for pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit (listen on SoundCloud or iTunes U). The symposium was held at The Huntington on Sept. 10, 2016.


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