As part of our ongoing engagement with economic development and community planning in Southern California, MR+E is pleased to present this issue of Outlook and Review. Included in this edition is an announcement for an open ideas competition for the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. As many of you know, I am involved as a coordinator of the Future Initiatives program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci_Arc). Our post graduate program focuses on issues surrounding the city building process and architecture at an urban scale. I hope that you and your colleagues will pick up the challenge and enter into this exciting discourse on a future vision for LA.

I have also provided some information and updates about current activities at MR+E including a new office location. If you have any questions or would like more information about our work please contact me at or by visiting the web site at


David Bergman, AICP

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and The Architect's Newspaper are today launching the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition. The competition asks architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students, and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for the Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles.

The competition, which offers more than $11,000 in prize money, is presented with the Office of the Mayor and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), which established the Cleantech Corridor. It asks entrants to move beyond industrial uses-creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies. Crucially, this competition will provide an open ideas forum for provocative, even revolutionary, new visions of L.A.'s urban fabric and infrastructure.

More information, including the competition brief, timeline, and complete jury, can be found at

New Office Location

Located in the heart of Culver City's Art District, MR+E new office is at 3308 Helms Ave. We share space with Zellner Plus, whose principal, Peter Zellner is a frequent collaborator and co-coordinator with David Bergman of the Future Initiatives Program at Sci Arc. For your reference our current contact information is:

Metropolitan Research and Economics
3308 Helms
Culver City CA 90232
Office: (310) 558-2585
Cell: (310) 991-9585
Fax: (310) 558-2349

Current Projects

MR+E continues to actively serve clients in California and across the US. Selected current and recent assignments include:

The Great Park of Orange County.

Cultural Industries: Development and implementation strategy for seven major new cultural facilities at the Great Park of Orange County.

Community Plan Economics: Economic development plan for the community of Lennox in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Fiscal and Economic Impacts: Ongoing tax payer return on investment analysis for New Market Tax Credits for projects in Ohio, Massachusetts and Louisiana.

Real Estate Feasibility: Market study for a master plan in Sarasota County Florida.

For more information about these projects and services please contact or visit