Weekend Highlight : New Urbanism Film Festival’s Westside TOD Tour



This Sunday, the New Urbanism Film Festival is sponsoring a unique and fun tour of new and proposed Transit Oriented Development along the Expo Line between the Culver City Station to Downtown Santa Monica.  Learn how neighborhoods can build to embrace multimodal transit options and see firsthand how well they’re doing.  You’ll also get a sneak peek at proposed developments in certain neighborhoods along the line.

“Santa Monica has some of the finest multi-modal infrastructure in LA. We hope the attendees who take this tour will be inspired by what they see and advocate for similar infrastructure in their own neighborhoods and cities,” writes Scott Epstein, the Community Engagement Director for the festival who will also be leading the tour.

The event starts at 4p.m. at the Helms Design Center and will head out at 4:15 for a walking tour of proposed developments around the Culver City Transit Hub.  Then the group will get on the Expo Line towards Santa Monica. (BYOTC: Bring Your Own Tap Card.*)

When the train arrives in Santa Monica, the group will meet with Rick Cole, the City Manager of Santa Monica, and other Santa Monica Luminaries, for a personal tour of the Colorado Ave Esplanade, and other TOD surrounding the SaMo Transit Hub. The group will return on the ExpoLine and be back to Helms Design Center by 7pm in time for the premiere of the urbanism filmmaking challenge films and the festival awards.

“Rick Cole is one of LA’s great civic leaders in the movement to build a more sustainable, livable region,” continues Epstein. “We’re thrilled to have Rick give our attendees a tour of the amazing recent additions to Downtown Santa Monica, like the Colorado Esplanade and new creative crosswalks.”

The tour is part of the 4th Annual New Urbanism Film Festival. For more details on the rest of the events this weekend, check out this article from earlier this week.

You can get tickets for the tour at Event Brite.

*-Don’t have a TAP Card? NUFF staff will help you get and load one at the station.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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