12650Beyond Freeways: the 710 and the Future of Los Angeles
- Apr 18, 2014In eastern Los Angeles County, the I-710/SR-710 freeway looms over neighborhoods, walling neighbor from neighbor, poisoning children, and miring residents in endless congestion. Its raison d'etre has always been truck traffic from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. But are there other ways to move freight through LA?
Now a major article by environmental reporter Justin Gerdes and documentarian Leila Dee Dougan, produced and edited by Richard Risemberg, explores the history of the freeway, the devastation it wreaks on the region's health and happiness, and the renewed vitality of a six-decade battle against making it even bigger, busier, and deadlier.
Neighborhoods rich and poor, city administrators, and massive agencies wrestle with a legacy of failure and deceptive dealings, while glimmers of a brighter future struggle into the light as residents and entrepreneurs alike strive to bring new ideas to a reluctant bureaucracy. In a changing America, can we build a healthy and prosperous future for all the region--a future beyond freeways?
Read the four-part series online at Sustainable City News:
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J. H. Crawford of Carfree Cities said in response to a late draft of this article:
"It's time to move beyond the internal-combustion engine. Even though modern diesel and gasoline engines are far cleaner than old ones, their contribution to air pollution remains significant, and their output of carbon dioxide makes them obsolete. Future transport systems must be powered by electricity, and the logical way to achieve this is with rail-based systems, which are already far more energy-efficient than trucks can ever become.
If the I-710 project is built around rail transport for freight, then there will also be space and money available to build badly needed passenger rail service along the corridor."
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