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Jack Skelley
Jack Skelley is an award-winning Public Relations expert and owner of Los Angeles-based JSPR, Public Relations, Writing and Marketing. Clients and projects range from UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Skelley is also a frequent moderator of public policy forums. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Urban Land Institute Los Angeles and is a long-time contributor to Urban Land magazine. Skelley has over 25 years of writing and editing experience (from Harper’s magazine to The Atlantic to Los Angeles Times) and the former Executive Editor and Associate Publisher of Los Angeles Downtown News.

Entries by Jack Skelley

A City in Flow Motion: An Architecture Cruise Through Space and Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:17 PM

"London Tower Bridge" - Photo: Jack Skelley

Futuristic towers. Ancient bridges. Derelict power plants. Modern art museums. Massive masterplans. These and more blur together in an astonishing Thames River architecture tour. Open City, London's architecture education organization, offers the three-hour...

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Is Sprawl the Answer or the Enemy? Housing Affordability and Demographic Changes

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 11:47 PM

Photo: Jack Skelley

Rents are higher in Los Angeles than in any other major U.S. city, according to several recent studies. There is wide agreement that the city is facing a huge affordability crisis. But far less consensus on the...

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The Perils of Biking in Manhattan... and L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Biking in Manhattan is a contact sport. It includes confronting cabbies and dodging pedestrians (who in welcome ways have a supremacy of the street). It demands nano-second reflexes, a sense of daring and nerves stronger than your bike frame. For adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers, I'd guess it rightfully vies...

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Cities Take the Heat for Global Warming

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama is finally addressing the most serious issue facing the planet: climate change. Of course, this week's proposed Environmental Protection Agency orders that polluters reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 will be stonewalled in Washington. Republican Senate Minority Leader...

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L.A.Drivers: Slow the Eff Down!

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Starting on September 16, of this year, California drivers must keep their cars at least three feet away from bikes they pass on the street. The law is bound to increase the friction between bikes and cars.

Los Angeles is going through an awkward stage. Long famous for its...

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Does Downtown Need Frank Gehry?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:16 AM

City watchers embraced the recent news that Frank Gehry has been rehired as designer of the Grand Avenue project. This is the $650 million stack of towers and plazas long-planned next to Disney Hall, also designed by Gehry.


Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed...

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Everybody Walks in LA! Figueroa Street Plan Hits a Roadblock

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Photo by Meléndrez, Photoshopped by Pflip

Recently Mayor Eric Garcetti's office hosted a City Hall talk by a transportation rock star. Gabe Klein, former transit czar for Chicago and Washington DC, spoke to LA's rail boosters and bike-eratti about how he created hugely...

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The LA River at a Crossroads

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Poet Lewis MacAdams founded Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) 27 years ago, imagining a lifelong project to return the bedraggled waterway to greatness and greenness. He conceived this goal the best way he knew at the time: as performance art. An L.A. Times reviewer

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Decycling: Can L.A. Be A Bike City?

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Before Toronto Mayor Rob Ford became outrageously famous for smoking crack and holding crazy press conferences, he was known for something else: He was an anti-bicycle crusader. He campaigned against what he called "the war on the car," saying that bike lanes, for example, dangerously steal space from cars.

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Can Mayor Garcetti Make L.A.'s Streets Great?

(6) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 9:04 PM

In 2009, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made one of the biggest changes Manhattan had ever seen. It had nothing to do with Big Gulps. Bloomberg and his transportation czar Janette Sadik-Khan took a congested section of Times Square and closed it to traffic. They erected barriers, painted the...

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