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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.

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…]

Rest for the Weary Planner

Rest is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover[Read More…]

APA Conference: Lessons from Disneyland

As a plannerd, I am naturally drawn to events like the American Planning Association (APA) conferences.  However, when I told[Read More…]

Unincorporated Areas Need More Parks Too

As a park planner, I am always on the lookout for the latest news about parks and recreation.  Recently, I[Read More…]

Old Town Monrovia: Heart of the Community

Have you ever been to Old Town Monrovia?  It is the heart of Monrovia, a city of about 37,000 residents[Read More…]

Vintage Public Transit: San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars

San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit.  One of the things I like most about the city[Read More…]

Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story

Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change.  Unfortunately,[Read More…]

Art Share L.A.: Promoting and Supporting the Arts

What does a creative live/work community art center look like?  Does it even exist?  Well, it certainly does and we[Read More…]

Tracking the Movement of Angelenos

Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“?  I only learned about it last week when I read an[Read More…]

The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles

Do you know the story of Union Station in Los Angeles?  Over the weekend, I went to the Central Library[Read More…]

Book Review: Working with Planning Consultants

Is working with planning consultants one of your key responsibilities at the office?  Do you want to know how to[Read More…]

Los Angeles as a Museums Capital: Part III

Do you think of Los Angeles as a museums capital?  As I have shared in two previous articles (Los Angeles[Read More…]

Orange County Great Park: A Work in Progress

Over the weekend, I visited the Orange County Great Park with my family.  Having heard and read so much about[Read More…]