LURN is composed of a group of passionate professionals dedicated to supporting sustainable communities by developing solutions to fight poverty, build sustainable economies and resilient communities.
We promote and build places that meet the diverse needs of residents, are sensitive to the environment, and contribute to healthy living and opportunity. LURN believes that urban planning and community economic development strategies need to be re-mixed with fresh thinking and a little fearlessness. The fact is that the gap between the rich and the poor is only growing, low-income communities in urban areas are severely lacking investments and resources, and the systems in which we operate are often part of the problem. LURN strives to think freely, act with purpose, and seek results that improve the quality of life of people.
LURN is a community development organization that implements its work through three different divisions.
purpose-driven innovation lab that focuses on developing solutions for real issues
purpose-driven innovation lab that focuses on developing solutions for real issuesRead More
access to capital for workers, innovative entrepreneurs and committed individuals
access to capital for workers, innovative entrepreneurs and committed individualsRead More
in-house consulting team that is dedicated to fighting poverty and building economies
in-house consulting team that is dedicated to fighting poverty and building economiesRead More
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Ami Pascual Spear
By Natalie Kamajian Are the first lines of the trailer for the movie Echo Park, “a story of two people coming together across cultural, economic and racial boundaries,” according to IMDB. A short glimpse of the trailer makes clear that, quite expectedly, this film completely masks over the (more often than not) devastating ways gentrification […]
by Luis Gutierrez Los Angeles – we did it! We’re number one…in traffic -__- According to this Los Angeles Times article, we earned this top spot by spending 81 hours, per person (in 2015), in traffic. But, before you start celebrating by listening to “We Are the Champions,” presumably from the inside of your car […]
By Rudy Espinoza I’ve thought about money since I was a kid. Back then I wondered why other kids had things that I didn’t and now I wonder why community organizations who are doing amazing work are struggling to make ends meet. I wish we didn’t have to spend so much time organizing fancy chicken […]
By Marlene Salazar What does it mean to be a leader? What can we do to become effective leaders at work and in our communities? These are some of the questions that Umair Haque explores in “Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One?” According to Umair, a leader’s “fundamental role isn’t merely […]
By Natalie Kamajian Last month, I attended the book launch of Michael Storper’s The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Professor Storper presented his extensive research and findings to a small crowd of students, faculty and other urbanist nerds. Paired with an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times […]
By Luis Gutierrez Does Los Angeles have a “rent seeking” problem? No, I’m not referring to the many, critical housing issues of Los Angeles. In this case, “rent,” refers to “economic rent” which is income gained through fabricated conditions of exclusivity. For example, if a gardener is willing to work for $12 per hour, but makes […]
By Marlene Salazar No matter what neighborhood you come from, you see entrepreneurs at work everywhere. From your mom selling those delicious tamales to your brother fixing cars at his own home; entrepreneurs surround us. So, what distinguishes the entrepreneurs we see from the Tory Burch’s of the world? In a recent article, “Entrepreneurs don’t […]
By Rudy Espinoza When my career started a little over 12 years ago, everything was new to me. Nobody taught me how to tie a tie (except YouTube), how to appropriately participate in a meeting, how to have a good handshake, and how to act properly at fancy chicken dinners (I still think of Pretty […]
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