The latest in urban planning, placemaking and citizen action:

– Culturally booming downtown LA celebrates with its own film festival [MovieMaker]

– A Washington, DC bike-parking center could help increase safety for bike commuters [Washington Post]

– Johannesburg prepares to open its BRT offering free rides [News24]

– In Kansas City, local parks reap the benefits of robust public-private partnerships [MidwestVoices]

– A new public plaza in Seoul experiences growing pains [Korea Herald]

– NYC’s Dept. of Buildings is hosting a competition to rethink construction scaffolding, potentially having a huge impact on how New Yorkers experience sidewalks and streets [City Room]

– Speakers at a transportation seminar in Jakarta advocate for understanding roads as public space and increasing public transportation options in the city [Jakarta Post]

– Are you living in one of the top US cities for saving money through public transit? [Examiner.com]

– A study highlights the popularity of smoking bans in public spaces [PostStar]

– Good is holding a competition to redesign your farmers market [Good]