This document lays out four key strategies to move Los Angeles to a healthier, more equitable land use system, and highlights a selection of policy examples and key opportunities. The strategies outlined in this brief emerged originally from a landscape analysis conducted in advance of the formation of the HEALU Network, and they were expanded and refined by our Network’s multi-sector partners. The four key strategies will:
- Increase the percentage of public funds invested in health-promoting infrastructure in low income communities of color.
- Build capacity in government, the private sector, and community-based organizations for robust community engagement in land use planning and policymaking.
- Accelerate land use innovations and demonstration projects in low-income communities of color, and scale up successful pilot projects to drive policy change.
- Foster cross-government collaboration to embed health and equity in all land use decisions.
These four strategies will propel us towards a new norm in which economic incentives and political and social support drive strong policy change, and where public and private investments in innovative projects create value, social capital, and economic growth in underserved neighborhoods. Coupled with robust community engagement activities by government agencies and nonprofits, the result will be momentous: a healthier and more just, resilient, and prosperous Los Angeles, and a model for other cities nationwide. We are hopeful that organizations and agencies outside of Los Angeles will be inspired by these approaches and build upon them, expanding the movement to build healthier, more equitable land use systems across the United States.