Victor Tran

Victor Tran is a recent graduate from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, located in Montreal, Quebec. His post-graduate travels have brought him to Los Angeles, California where he works for a non-profit organization building gardens in public schools and teaching weekly ecology classes. Aspiring to become an environmental planner, Victor is interested in social justice and urban environmental sustainability through the revitalization of public spaces.

Farewell to The Grid from Victor Tran in Los Angeles, California

by Victor Tran

When I first started my internship with The Grid, I had just moved to Los Angeles. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know what to expect. I saw Los Angeles as an opportunity to experience living in a major Ameri... Read article

The California Environmental Quality Act's Effect on Development in Los Angeles

by Victor Tran

The California Environmental Quality Act, commonly referred to as CEQA, is a state law that requires all agencies to identify and mitigate significant environmental impacts caused by their proposed projects. Ronald R... Read article

Los Angeles, California's Baseline Mansionization Ordinance Loophole Fix

by Victor Tran

Throughout Los Angeles, communities are changing due to a phenomenon dubbed “mansionization,” which the LA City Planning Department defines as "... new construction or additions on residentially zoned lots that are o... Read article

Re:code LA: Updating Los Angeles' 1946 Zoning Code

by Victor Tran

Re:code LA, an ambitious 5-year process to update the zoning code in Los Angeles, is undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest projects, in addition to new plans guiding health and transportation. Zoning code refers to c... Read article

New Ordinances Aimed at Revitalizing Los Angeles River Communities

by Victor Tran

In recent years, momentum has been building to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity. After many years of neglect, the river has the potential to help define future commu... Read article

Los Angeles' Eco-Village Proves Intentional is Possible in Urban Settings

by Victor Tran

Consisting of two city blocks in the intensely-urban, working-class neighborhood of Koreatown, the Los Angeles Eco-Village is one of the few intentional communities that exist in Los Angeles. What exactly is an eco-v... Read article

Los Angeles' Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

by Victor Tran

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in an event put on by the American Planning Association showcasing public art pieces in different Metro transit stations. Metro, also known as the Los Angeles Count... Read article

Los Angeles, California Announces New Plans in Anticipation of “The Big One”

by Victor Tran

In a large metropolitan region like Los Angeles County, California, preparing for disasters, both natural and man-made, is a huge governmental concern. With a population of just over 10 million people, Los Angeles Co... Read article

Placemaking Opportunities from The Los Angeles River's Revitalization

by Victor Tran

In response to a pair of deadly floods in the late 1930’s, the US Army Corps of Engineers were called in to control the Los Angeles River. In doing so, most of the river was encased in concrete – it wasn’t until roug... Read article

Three Developments Respond to Chronic Homelessness in Los Angeles, California

by Victor Tran

The issue of homelessness has largely been ignored in Los Angeles. Tactics such as criminalizing and physically displacing homeless individuals have been the methods of choice. With the combined effects of a growing ... Read article

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles' Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

by Victor Tran

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still unc... Read article

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

by Victor Tran

Personally inspired by the documentary “Plant This Movie,” as well as the many other urban farming short films shown at the New Urbanism Film Festival, it appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles. I... Read article

LA2050 Spurs Conversations for a Better Los Angeles, California

by Victor Tran

As a newcomer to Los Angeles, I am beginning to see that people here are hungry for change. Initiatives that exist to better L.A. are numerous, most falling within the realm of the non-profit. The scope of these init... Read article