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RegenLA: South Los Angeles Economic Regeneration

South Los Angeles, an area built on a strong industrial base, has suffered through decades of decline. Although South L.A. is situated within a largely prosperous region, many of its residents lack access to jobs. Today, we can rethink the way we design and develop our cities to rebalance access to opportunity and prosperity. Using South L.A. as a case study, this white paper seeks to identify a new economic development model to create a positive feedback loop of job creation and entrepreneurship. Revitalization can be advanced not by bringing in new opportunities to the community, but by supporting and building on the community's existing assets and its people. Through this process, citizens are empowered to continually make and remake their city.

This research is part of RegenCities, an initiative led by SOM’s City Design Practice that seeks to define the concept of a regenerative city—urban development based on a restorative relationship with the environment. Learn more about the RegenCities initiative.