THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY:  a summer series by Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA




Are you curious to learn more about the individuals who work in city government?  

In early June, as a way for our membership of 3200+ architects and designers to further connect with the people that work for public agencies in the Los Angeles region, I reached out to a few dozen government employees and asked them each to share their personal thoughts about architecture, design and what Los Angeles means to them as a place.

Over the course of the next several months, we will feature these short profiles to further inspire dialogue with our design community about the personal contributions we all make to the public realm.

If you'd like to share your thoughts or have suggestion for individuals that you'd like to hear from, please contact me at


Greg Spotts
General Superintendent II, Division Manager for Methods and Standards
Bureau of Street Services, City of Los Angeles

How long have you worked for the City of Los Angeles?
4 years

What project are you working on right now that you're most excited about?
Expo Light Rail!  I managed the city's response to the plans for Expo Phase 2, and worked very hard to ensure that the LA station areas will be walkable, bikeable, safe and appealing.

Describe some of your favorite features that give Los Angeles a sense of place:
The beach is my absolute favorite...when I used to visit LA from NYC for business, I always made a point to jog or bike on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Since 1998, I've never lived east of Lincoln Blvd :-)

What's your daily connection to architecture and design like?
Every since I had the opportunity to take Vincent Scully's architecture class at Yale, I've walked NY, DC and LA looking for beauty on every facade and cornice!  

In your opinion, what makes Los Angeles "Los Angeles"?
The cultural diversity here is incredible, particularly if you make the effort to explore.  I also am fascinated by the texture of the different neighborhoods. In my new job I find myself in all corners of the city, talking to residents as our BSS crews maintain and improve the streetscape.

It's the year 2113 - describe what you see from the front steps of City Hall:
I'll answer for 2013...During the campaign, Mayor-Elect Garcetti spoke about Hollywood, Atwater Village, Silverlake and Echo Park in a way that evidenced a sophisticated sense of urban design.  I expect him to set high expectations for Planning, Transportation, and Public Works to deliver holistic, integrated streetscapes that are responsive to each neighborhood's unique aspirations.

In your opinion, who is tomorrow's most interesting Angeleno?
The pedestrian.

What's your favorite building/ place in the world?  Can you share a photo with us?
I grew up in a mid-century modern glass house in New Canaan, CT designed by Richard Henderson and Alan Goldberg that was Sigourney Weaver's home in the Ang Lee movie "The Ice Storm."
Last updated: 18-Jun-2013 11:24 AM
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