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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.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Planning for Parks and Urban Forests in Los Angeles County

“You can’t see the forest for the trees!”  All of us are familiar with this expression which is often used to describe someone[Read More…]

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…]

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