MY RETIREMENT - The future of Urban Design

It's been an incredible journey 28 years in the making with the City of Los Angeles. I've always been proud of this city; As I traveled around, I've always advocated that this is the best city in the world for many reasons: We are still very creative and innovative, we are still generous, and welcome people with open arms; LA is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities. Los Angeles is a city that's bigger than most countries with its cultural, socio-economic, and architectural achievements; LA is a gem that still in its infancy.

We have one of the fastest growing bike and rail systems in the world. We are changing from an auto-centric culture to one of a very diverse mix of pedestrian, bicycle and mobility focus. The City is changing the way it plans for the future; from a one-size-fits-all approach to a mixed of approaches including menu options and flexibility with a framework. We are shaping the city of tomorrow and adapting to change - making the City more sustainable. Everyone that deals with the built environment or programs spaces are an urban designer of the City. There's a lot of work still do be done as we continue to do great things. All of you as a team will continue to shape LA into the best city of the future. Never lose site of the value of urban, suburban and rural design.

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It has been an honor and a priviledge working with all of you.
Best Regards,
Simon Pastucha