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How infrastructure planning is being used by LA as a blueprint for sustainable urban development

Between now and 2025 the population of Los Angeles will grow by around 2.5 million people. With one eye fixed on meeting the demands of these new and existing residents for energy, water, transport, and communications, the city is investing US$40 million in infrastructure that could signal the start of a new era of sustainable development

In 2015, the government of Los Angeles, led by Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, released the city’s first-ever comprehensive sustainability plan. It details short and long-term objectives for enhancing its position as one of the world’s most liveable cities while maintaining commercial and environmental credentials.

Home to entertainment, aerospace, tourism, and technology industries, Los Angeles already has an economy that contributes around 5.2 percent to national GDP and is undergoing a US$40 million upgrade of regional rail, rapid bus, and other transit infrastructure to ensure its businesses and supply chains remain competitive.

This investment represents the largest public works project in the United States, and while these developments are underway, a new Blueprint for a 21st Century Los Angeles Infrastructure published by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Siemens, has begun exploring the future benefits of infrastructure planning.

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