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Running on Empty book coverProfessor Craig Arnold in a recent article discusses the need for an environmental ethic that highlights the psychology and ecology of place, public education and participation, politics, and multidisciplinary problem solving, as well as the utility and limits of litigation. “The creative and interdisciplinary work of The City Project of Los Angeles’ Center for Law in the Public Interest and its lawyer director Robert García can serve as one such example of environmental lawyering that encompasses more than environmental law.” Craig Arnold, Working Out an Environmental Ethic: Anniversary Lessons from Mono Lake, 4 Wyo. L. Rev. 1, 50-51 (2004) (footnotes omitted).

The City Project works and publishes extensively on human health and equal access to public resources including parks, schools, and transportation. Executive Director Robert García has co-authored a chapter entitled “Crossroad Blues: the MTA Consent Decree and Just Transportation,” in the book on transportation justice edited by Professor Karen Lucas, Running on Empty. Mr. García was a key member of the legal team in the historic environmental justice class action Labor/Community Strategy Center v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in which MTA agreed to invest over $2 billion to improve the bus system and lower bus fares, the largest civil rights settlement ever. The chapter chronicles this historic struggle and its aftermath. The book is available through

The City Project has also published its article Healthy Children, Healthy Communities: Parks, Schools, and Sustainable Regional Planning in the Fordham Urban Law Journal. The article continues The City Project’s groundbreaking work in addressing the disparities in human health and access to parks, school yards, and green space.

The City Project is publishing Public Transportation to Local National Forests, a study that explores public transportation access to the four forests of Southern California. The study by the University of Southern California Department of Geography, with a preface by The City Project, found that there is virtually no good way to reach the forests using public transportation, and recommends alternatives like transit to trails in Northern California.

The City Project’s work in the urban park movement is featured in the report, “Growth: The California Story” by the California Center for Regional Leadership, available at