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Hi friends,


Summer is ending, but we’re staying busy refining our programs, growing our team, and gearing up for our Pizza Party! Some quick highlights below…


  • Exhibit Columbus – We installed Thank U, Next to welcome and engage Columbus’ diverse residents.

  • Backyard Homes FAQ – Answering your questions about ADU financing.

  • Growing Team – Introducing our newest team members Alex + Linda!

  • Pizza Party – Get your tickets to our annual fundraiser, set for October 24th at LA River Studios. 

  • Frogtown Association of Businesses – LA-Más joins the newly formed FtAB!


As always, check out our website or get in touch to learn more! Let’s do #mas4LA!

– the LA-Más team

Exhibit Columbus - Thank U, Next

Last month, half of our team visited Indiana to install Thank U, Next at Exhibit Columbus 2019. Thank U, Next is a flexible, playful, and multi-directional public installation designed as an invitation to redefine Washington Street as a place where all of Columbus’s diverse residents are welcomed and engaged.


From now until the end of November, the installation – marked by movable furniture elements – will support public events and cultural programming to support residents and community organizations. This feature by CityLab captures our project intent well, noting that the installation “suggests a certain ambivalence toward the grand Modernist achievements of yesteryear, or hesitation about how inclusive these projects really are today."

Backyard Homes FAQ

Interested in building a backyard home, but not sure how you’ll finance it? Through our Backyard Homes partnership with Self-Help Federal Credit Union and Genesis LA, we created a unique financial product that does not currently exist in the market. Qualified homeowners will be able to fund the costs of ADU construction by refinancing their existing mortgage and taking out funds to pay for ADU construction costs.

We created a new FAQ sheet that answers all of your questions about our ADU financing options – from eligibility and benefits to loan comparisons and payment timelines. Read more here.

Get ready for our Pizza Party!


Our Pizza Party is one month away! Join us at the 5th annual LA-Más fundraiser on October 24th from 6-9PM at LA River Studios. Hang out with some of our favorite people, learn more about how backyard homes and new storefronts create change, and help us honor two teams who are shaping our city into a brighter and more equitable place – Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Innovation Team and Social Venture Partners LA. Thanks to our generous sponsors Coolhaus, Golden Road Brewery and Town Pizza, we’ll be stocked with ice cream sammies, cold beer and pizza! 

Buy your tickets here and email Ronnie at for sponsorship opportunities.

Introducing new team members Linda & Alex.

We’re excited to introduce two new members of the LA-Más team! Linda Reyes and Alex Ramirez joined us this past month as Program Managers.


Linda is the Backyard Homes Program Manager! She was born in Los Angeles, grew up in San Gabriel Valley, and has worked and organized in the rapidly changing neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Inglewood, Little Tokyo and Historic Filipinotown. With a background in nonprofit management and grassroots cultural organizing, Linda is passionate about creating infrastructure that amplifies the community’s voice and gives them a true stake in the changes happening around them. Linda loves urban typography, helps produce one of Los Angeles’ longest running public art series, and is studying how to build sustainable and just cities.

Alex is the Storefronts, LA and Small Business Design Program Manager! Alex grew up in Cholula, Puebla, in central Mexico, where rapid city growth has made large social, economic and environmental impacts. She spent her childhood in the local market where her parents – an educator and a business owner – ran a corner store and instilled a strong sense of pride in their community. These experiences sparked her interest in how urban planning and design can promote healthy and thriving communities. She recently moved to Los Angeles from Detroit with her partner, daughter and dog.

We joined the Frogtown Association of Businesses.


We’re excited to be one of the newest members of Frogtown Association of Businesses (FtAB)! FtAB aims to support businesses through networking and promotion, advocacy with local government, job training and local hiring, and community relations. As Frogtown continues to undergo changes, and as we thoughtfully consider what it means to be place-based as an organization, we look forward to connecting with local businesses to ensure our community continues to thrive!

Upcoming Events...

  • September 19 & 21 | Catch a screening of On the Brink, which tells the story of the struggle to maintain Seattle’s historic African American neighborhood, Central District.

  • September 22 | Walk the original boundaries of Los Angeles, starting at one of the city’s original four corners.

  • September 23 | Opening night of our Backyard Homes Exhibit at the MSU School of Architecture (Open until October 4th!)

  • September 27 | Come see Elizabeth and Helen lecture at Montana State University School of Architecture, Friday at 5:30 - location TBD!

  • October 1 - October 4 | Please say 👋 & introduce yourself to Elizabeth if you are also at the Next City Conference or one of the 2019 Vanguard Scholars

  • October 2 | Join Helen for an ADU webinar to learn about other pilot programs around the country!

"Thank U, Next suggests a certain ambivalence toward the grand Modernist achievements of yesteryear, or hesitation about how inclusive these projects really are today. In terms of design, LA Más rejects a formalist approach for a more fugitive strategy."

- Kristin Capps, Citylab



Recent Press...

  • Sight Unseen featured our Thank U, Next project on their Saturday Selects. 

  • Dwell’s recent coverage of Exhibit Columbus includes a shot of our work! 

  • Check out Citylab’s synopsis of Exhibit Columbus spotlighting our project. 

  • Wallpaper also featured Thank U, Next in their Exhibit Columbus piece!

What We're Reading...


  • With a push from tenant activists, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to pass permanent rent control in unincorporated L.A. County.

  • Digging that tech startups are meeting the long overlooked needs of women’s health.

  • An interesting take on what it means to be a relevant planner today from Cal Poly Pomona’s outgoing planning school dean, Mike Woo.

  • After a recent meeting with CRCD, at the Dunbar Hotel, we are reading about its history - built in the 1920’s by two prominent black Angelenos, entirely by black contractors and tradesmen, and financed by black community members. 

  • Mesmerized by the gif and thoughtful piece by Antonio Pacheco comparing the cultural impact, and next steps for, Jon Jerde’s Horton Plaza and The Vessel by Thomas Heatherwick. 

  • Congratulations to Dana Cuff, a recent winner of Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Award!

LA-Más is an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income & underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. We envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed —where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.

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