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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.

Presents for Plannerds: 2014 Edition

Presents for Planners

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?

Thank you card

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

Willowbrook Community Fair

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Rest for the Weary Planner

Working at the office

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

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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

Fun at Community Fair

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

Bench outside the library

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

Red Streetcar Fisherman's Wharf

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

Tree at Schabarum Park

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

Art Share LA exterior

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Tracking the Movement of Angelenos

Human app screenshot

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The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles

No Further West Union Station Exhibition

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Book Review: Working with Planning Consultants

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Los Angeles as a Museums Capital: Part III

Jacob Hashimoto’s Gas Giant

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Orange County Great Park: A Work in Progress


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Touring the Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio Visitor Center

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Soccer and Park Planning

Rooftop Futsal in Tokyo

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Office of the Future: A Visual Tour

CBRE Office Sitting Area

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Southwest plane

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A Hospital Near You: Part II

Good Samaritan Hospital Outpatient Center Under Construction

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