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About Clement Lau

Clement Lau, AICP, has 15 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning. Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. He enjoys writing about a variety of planning issues and is on the author panel for UrbDeZine. He also has published articles in the California Planning & Development Report, Public Works Management & Policy, and Progressive Planning. Dr. Lau previously worked for Los Angeles County's Department of Regional Planning and the consulting firm of Cotton/Bridges/Associates in Pasadena. He has guest lectured on public policy and urban planning topics at the University of Southern California and California State University, Northridge. He holds a doctorate and master's in urban planning from USC, and bachelor's in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment: The L.A. County Story

How many acres of parkland does Los Angeles County have?  How many parks are there in the county and where[Read More…]

A Museum for Architects and Planners

When I mentioned to some friends that I would be vacationing in Washington, D.C., most of them told me about the Smithsonian museums[Read More…]

Exhibit Review: Nature Connects at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Do you enjoy LEGOs and nature?  If yes, then I have the perfect exhibit to recommend to you.  Over the[Read More…]

Park Planning for Underserved Communities in Los Angeles County

When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the[Read More…]

Station Square Park: Monrovia’s Newest Park

Do you love parks and trains?  What do you think about a train-themed park?  As a park planner and a[Read More…]

New Year’s Resolutions for Planners

A belated Happy New Year to you!  I know that we are already in the middle of January, but perhaps[Read More…]

Presents for Plannerds: 2015 Edition

Can you believe that it is December already?  Well, it is that time of year again when we think about[Read More…]

Looking Ahead to 2016: Events for Planners

As the year winds down, I think this is a good time to look ahead to 2016.  Specifically, I would[Read More…]

How Should Park Needs be Measured?

How should we determine the park needs of communities?  How do we figure out whether a city is park-rich or park-poor? [Read More…]

What about MacArthur Park?

Have you ever heard of Westlake Park?  This was a park that was once referred to as “the most popular[Read More…]

Documentary Review: Redemption

Have you ever wondered how people make a living by collecting cans and bottles from trash cans?  Do you want to[Read More…]

Writing Tips for Planners

As planners, many of us review and/or write a variety of planning documents daily.  While some may dread these tasks, I[Read More…]

Connecting the Dots: Shuttle Services for Unincorporated Areas

Whenever “public transit” is mentioned here in Los Angeles, most people immediately think of Metro and the transportation services it offers. [Read More…]

APA Conference: Lessons from Seattle

A few weeks ago, I was in Seattle for the American Planning Association (APA)’s National Planning Conference.  In addition to[Read More…]

Exhibit Review: Sink or Swim – climate change resilience in photographs at Los Angeles’s Annenberg

Are you concerned about climate change?  Do you want visual evidence that it is actually happening?  Do you live in[Read More…]

Where Do You Exercise? – Public and affordable fitness resources in LA

Was one of your new year’s resolution to exercise more?  If yes, where have you been doing your exercise routines? [Read More…]

Looking Ahead to 2015: Events for Planners

As the year winds down, I think this is a good time to reflect on the happenings of 2014 and[Read More…]

Presents for Plannerds: 2014 Edition

It is that time of year again when we think about giving and receiving gifts.   Last year, I shared my[Read More…]

What is this Planner Thankful For?

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year because it gives me[Read More…]

Coordination: Can’t Plan Without It

If you have to capture “urban planning” using just two or three words, what would you say?  I distinctly remember[Read More…]

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