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]