Donald Spivack: Neighborhood Conservation and Its Role in a Healthier Economically Viable Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

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Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium

Donald Spivack is an independent planning and urban development consultant, an activity he began shortly after retiring from more than 40 years of professional transportation and land use planning and urban redevelopment, primarily in local government. His current activities consist of consulting with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a locally based park advocacy and development entity, and with the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice, a consortium of community-based organizations funded by, among others, the Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Endowment. Spivack served most recently as deputy chief of operations and policy at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, California (CRA/LA), where he managed the appraisal, real estate acquisition and disposition, relocation, environmental planning, cultural and arts planning and development, engineering/public works, geographic information systems, "brownfields" remediation, and long range and strategic planning functions of the CRA/LA. During his over 28-year career at CRA/LA Spivack also oversaw operations in, at different times, nearly all of CRA/LA's then 34 redevelopment project areas, along with adoption of several redevelopment project areas following the 1992 civil disturbances and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Spivack holds a master of arts in city planning from Yale University and a bachelor of architecture from University of Pennsylvania.