Beverly Hills vs. Metro (Neon Tommy)
The USC news site provides a nice glimpse of the state of affairs between Metro and those in Beverly Hills who don’t want the Westside Subway Extension tunneling anywhere near Beverly Hills High School. “I have a 3-year-old son, and his life is at stake,” says one resident.
Brentwood vs. Metro (L.A. Times)
L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl is pushing his colleagues at their meeting today to shorten the proposed rush hour bus lane on Wilshire Boulevard to 5.4 miles from the L.A.-Beverly Hills border on the west to just west of downtown Los Angeles. In particular, he wants the segment through Brentwood removed from the project, saying that the bus lane would sacrifice a needed traffic lane and that the bus lane makes little sense unless it’s continuous from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. The Metro Board of Directors last year voted to eliminate an about one-mile segment of the bus lane through Westwood pending further study and Beverly Hills or Santa Monica were never included in the project.
China aims to create world’s largest city (The Telegraph)
City planners would like to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta into one mega-city of about 16,000 square miles — or about 26 times the size of the Greater London area. The city of Los Angeles, by the way, covers about 460 square miles. If it sounds a little fantastical, one motivation behind the plan is to have united policies concerning pollution and transportation. Although the plan is just that — a plan, not reality — it fits into the larger trend of a more urbanized China.