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Ushering out an era


A Density Hawk's dream: Sao Paolo, Brazil.

This morning I have a piece in the Daily News about Jane Usher's resignation from the City's Planning Commission, and about the state of urban planning in Los Angeles in general.

The piece references Ms. Usher's noisy resignation letter, the text of which first appeared for public consumption, I believe, here at LA Observed. Kevin's own radio commentary is here.

Also cited is another noisy letter from March 2008, in which Ms. Usher invited neighborhood activists to sue the City when they saw malfeasance. That letter is here at Curbed LA.

The Weekly has also been following the fiasco that is LA planning under the troika of "density hawks"---Villaraigosa, Garcetti, and developer-doormat Gail Goldberg---and their piece on Usher's resignation is here.

Steven Leigh Morris's Weekly cover story from Feb. 2008 in which we learned that Gail Goldberg couldn't even plan a cup of coffee is here.

And you might like to revisit the time that LA's top planning chief announced to a stunned neighborhood crowd that she needed GPS to get from downtown to Los Feliz here.