- Kathy Seal sends another report on what people from the 1968 occupation and strike have been doing. Most of us probably know the story of how the excellent rail system in LA was torn up to be replaced by freeways -- at the very least, that story has become part of childhood mythology through Roger Rabbit. It takes years, decades even, for some kind of environmental or urban planning justice to be achieved. Having watched the hole in the ground where the International Hotel in San Francisco's Manilatown once stood for 25 years, it was enormously gratifying to see the New International Hotel go up in 2005. Congratulations, Kathy, and to everyone who hammered away at all the powers to get this done.
Here's her report:
If you come to LA, and travel down Exposition Bd. from downtown out to west LA, you'll see lots of heavy machinery, stacked rails, graded gravel, bridges and tunnels under construction. LA Metrol is building a new light rail line along the Exposition Blvd. corridor which once carried the old Red Cars, one link in a citywide system of trolleys. This new light rail line is being built thanks to a group of us who formed a committee and organized citywide and fought for the line for several years....probably the organizing I helped do is similar to what a lot of folks on this listserv have done over the years, after the common experience we shared 40 years ago...