At the Wheel (Los Angeles Magazine)
Los Angeles Magazine interviews Art Leahy, Metro’s CEO, about his plans for Metro and making L.A. a place where everyone wants to ride public transit. He talks about the changing dynamic of L.A. in the last 20 years since Metro Rail was introduced – about how people are now factoring in transit when it comes to decided where to live. He also talks about how he actually rides the system for business and fun. Personal aside: I might have been skeptical of this tidbit, but just last weekend I was on a Gold Line train from Pasadena and ran into none other than Art Leahy, sitting by himself reading a book like any other passenger – no camera crew, no media event, just Metro’s CEO using the system to get around.
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Metro Blue Line – and modern Los Angeles urban rail in general. To celebrate, the Metro Librarians have scoured their vast archives to find records of the Blue Line’s history, from construction to opening day. The post includes a number of promotional videos from the time of the opening – entertaining to watch for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is the retro early 90’s vibe.
A Walker’s Guide to Home Buying (Wall Street Journal)
The old motto used to be “drive until you qualify” but this Wall Street Journal article implies that times may be changing. As the baby boomers start to retire and Generation Y moves into the real world, both demographics are factoring walkability when it comes to choosing where to live. Apprehension about rising fuel costs and the desire to be near the action is driving (pun intended) this change. The article brings up the website WalkScore, which uses algorithms to determine how pedestrian friendly a particular address is – and the information is often included in real estate advertisements.