Vision for a Successful Los Angeles

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LA2050 releases new report on shared vision for the region plus new grant opportunities for local organizations

LA2050 drives and tracks progress toward building a better future for the Los Angeles region.

These five goals inspire people who care deeply about LA’s future and reflect the need to address multi-dimensional problems through creative problem-solving and collaborative activism.

Today, LA2050 released its latest findings in LA2050: Vision for a Successful Los Angeles. This report is the second in a series of publications that comprehensively measure the quality of life in Los Angeles County. LA2050, an initiative of the Goldhirsh Foundation, drives and tracks progress toward building a better future for the Los Angeles region.

Vision for a Successful Los Angeles establishes five aspirational, community-developed goals to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by 2050. The report outlines a strategic, long-term vision for Los Angeles and includes a detailed analysis of more than 40 metrics that LA2050 will use to monitor progress toward these goals.

The new report presents recent statistics on the goals and metrics, some of which point to ongoing challenges, while others inspire optimism. For instance, slightly more than 50 percent of LA residents live within a half-mile of a park, placing Los Angeles among the most park-poor large cities in the country. The LA2050 goal is that 95 percent of LA residents will live within a half-mile of a park by 2050. On a brighter note, despite adding 1.1 million residents over the last two decades, average water use in Los Angeles has remained nearly unchanged. LA2050 hopes the region will build on that positive trend with a goal to increase the local use of recycled water to 50 percent in 2050 from 4 percent today.

In developing the report and goals on the region’s future, LA2050 engaged a broad, diverse community of Angelenos. The initiative launched #LA2050Listens, a community-led, multi-platform and multi-lingual conversation series in which more than 30,000 local residents provided feedback on the draft LA2050 goals. In addition to soliciting community feedback, LA2050 convened expert roundtables around each of the goals.

“We believe in the power of Angelenos to shape the future of our region,” said Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. “These five goals inspire people who care deeply about LA’s future and reflect the need to address multi-dimensional problems through creative problem-solving and collaborative activism.”

LA2050 is continuing the community conversations to learn more from Angelenos about the progress outlined in Vision for a Successful Los Angeles. Today, the initiative opened the second round of #LA2050Listens, inviting local organizations and community groups to apply for up to ten $5,000 grants to host an event centered on discussing the five goals.

In September, LA2050 will launch the third round of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, making available a total of $1 million via ten $100,000 grants to support organizations working in the five goal areas to positively shape the region.

LA2050 hopes the Vision for a Successful Los Angeles report and other LA2050 activations will become powerful, informative tools for communities. For more information, connect with LA2050 at http://www.la2050.org, on Facebook and Twitter, and and using #LA2050.

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Goldhirsh Foundation
At the Goldhirsh Foundation, (http://www.goldhirshfoundation.org), we connect the dots between the best emerging innovations and the financial, social, and human capital to make them thrive. We find smart people doing creative things, and we give them the tools to do them better.

LA2050
LA2050 (http://www.la2050.org) is an initiative with a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and a mission to track and drive progress toward that vision. We are centered around five unique goals that in 2050 Los Angeles will be the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

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