Quenching California’s Thirst

Five USC Price students recently participated in the Public Policy Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania, winning top honors for their citizen-oriented proposal to curb California’s unquenchable thirst for water.

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“It Takes A Garden” urban gardening documentary

Today’s post showcases a short documentary film produced by managing editor Nicholas Busalacchi. The film features four urban gardeners who are taking the fight for food access, public health, and community wellbeing to the streets of Los Angeles. Starring Florence Nishida from LA Green Grounds, Al Renner from the LA Community Garden Council, and guerrilla gardeners Ron Finley and Abbie Zands.

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Price in Sao Paulo: housing, infrastructure, and questionable samba dancing

This winter break, USC Price students traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil for an international lab to assist the State of Sao Paulo with their first comprehensive housing plan. Read on to learn more about their site visits to Sao Paulo’s favelas and the State’s efforts to house its 40 million-plus residents. Plus, an exclusive look at Price students awkwardly dancing to samba.

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Creative Solutions to Regional Infrastructure Deficits

Across the globe municipalities and regions are struggling to finance and develop their infrastructure needs, calling for creative problem-solving on the behalf of governments seeking to address this crisis. Officials from along the Left Coast are hoping the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange will be at the center of that innovation by facilitating the development of critical regional projects in areas such as transportation and sanitation.

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Radical Alternatives: Provocations Around Art, Place and Publics from the Creative Time Summit

This weekend, artists, activists, planners, and at least two mayors converged to confront the problematic intersections of arts and gentrification at an annual summit produced by the New York non-profit Creative Time. Those in attendance supported strategies of intersectoral collaboration, resistance, disruption, and above all, grassroots advocacy.

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Wal-Mart Threatens Chinatown’s Livelihood – Retail Giants Hurt the Local Economy and Disregard Local Culture

After multiple citizen protests and an attempted lawsuit against the retailer, Wal-Mart opened on Saturday, September 14th in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The Neighborhood Market, on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Grand Avenue, not only opposes the people’s’ interest but also threatens Chinatown’s economy.

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