Air Quality, Placemaking and Spatial Equity: The Fontana Urban Greening Master Plan | Design Workshop

Honourable Mention for the 2021 WLA Awards – Concept – Analysis & Planning category

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Landlocked within California’s semi-arid Inland Empire, residents of Fontana are exposed to air quality that is worse than 95% of census tracts in California. Its urban forest – a mere 0.36% coverage – is distinctly less than other communities in Los Angeles Basin. This statistic, when considered with the influence of major transportation corridors, notable industrial hubs, frequent regional wildfires, and projected population growth, is at further risk as outdated and unconsolidated landscape regulations face increased development pressures.

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