Vision for transport from new mayor of LA
- On his campaign website Villaraigosa seems to want to
do everything for everybody, and the words/phrases
"widening" and "increased capacity" come up a few
times in relation to roads.
He seems to want to return LA to some grand era where
it was the envy of the country with its new roads....
doesnt mention what was truly worthy of envy that came
It does mention transit-oriented development, but at
the end, and briefly.
It does say "The design of Los Angeles is
fundamentally unsustainable and Angelenos have to
start making the hard choices necessary for a
long-term solution... this means: Say goodbye to your
cars". Ok, sorry, it does not say that :-)
I am from LA, but havent lived there since
1984...anyone have some unobvious thoughts or insider
views on this?
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- He has also repeatedly insisted we must build out the two northwest
branches of the Red Line to their logical termini, Warner Center and
the beach, and wants to expand bus service and add more rail liens.
Gold Line is now being extended to East LA, and it looks like the
Exposition line will go ahead after all. There's a LOT of TOD going
on right now, and V. need only continue it to do well, but will
certainly expand the incentive programs. LA is already in the process
of building dozens more neighborhood schools, many of them of the
smaller friendlier sort (we voted ourselves a tax increase just a few
years ago for this); there's some hope for teh town, and now that the
chairwarmer Hahn is out things may just get better faster.
Yes, he may build more roads too, but they won't work, and people are
finally starting to understand that.
We're better off than where we were six months ago, I'd say. Can't
get everything fixed at once.
On Jul 3, 2005, at 4:24 PM, Todd Edelman wrote:
> On his campaign website Villaraigosa seems to want to
> do everything for everybody, and the words/phrases
> "widening" and "increased capacity" come up a few
> times in relation to roads.
>On Jul 3, 2005, at 4:24 PM, Todd Edelman wrote:I don't know which roads he's referring to, but recent reactions to
> > On his campaign website Villaraigosa seems to want to
> > do everything for everybody, and the words/phrases
> > "widening" and "increased capacity" come up a few
> > times in relation to roads.
proposed schemes to widen the 101 freeway, which is the main artery through
Santa Barbara, Ventura and western Los Angeles counties, were
encouraging---they were immediately, vociferously, and conclusively shouted
down by folks who live or own property near the proposed expansion
areas. This despite the grinding, crawling rush "hour" (6:00am to 8:00pm)
traffic suffered daily by these same people.