We believe that a community’s history shapes its future.
Communities are made of thousands of interactions between ordinary people and the places they live, be it an urban waterfront, a rural floodplain, a coastal village, or a suburban greenbelt. When we look at a community’s history, we bring rigor to getting the story right―how things got the way they are, how people have shaped the place, how to make what a community loves about a place last, and how their vison for a place can come to fruition.
ESA helps communities plan for some of the biggest challenges of our times: improved transportation systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, floodplain and shoreline management , and addressing environmental health inequities. We have worked with communities since our firm’s founding in 1969 with a team of more than 80 people driven by the ability to make positive change in the places we all live.
We integrate environmental science every step of the way. We partner with public- and private-sector clients to map the path from vision to reality, balancing our clients’ desired results and the need to protect critical resources while addressing socioeconomic concerns.
California’s Senate Bill 379 requires cities and counties to incorporate climate adaptation and resiliency strategies into their General Plans. But many communities in Southern California lack the staffing and financial resources to help them prepare ahead of the state’s January 1, 2022 deadline. In order to assist these communities, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) developed the Regional Climate Adaptation Framework.
Patricia Fonseca Flores, ASLA, LEED AP, has joined ESA as our new Sustainable Design Director. With her 15 years of landscape architecture experience managing landscape, urban design, and planning projects, Patricia will lead the firm’s sustainable design and develop community resilience strategies across all of our practice areas.
Development of new sports arenas and stadiums for major league professional sports teams has been fueled by public-private partnerships, public subsidies, and wealthy team owners looking to have dedicated facilities for their team. Cities across the country are recognizing the benefits that can be reaped by developing an arena in an urban environment.
After a period of general decline, central cities are on the rise again. This surge of people and businesses choosing to take root in city centers reflects a shift back to the preference for a lively urban lifestyle, ease of access to transit, and celebration of local arts and culture. Cities are looking for opportunities to capitalize on this changing dynamic.