I know all I do when I go to LAX is complain, but the L.A. Times takes a more balanced (and in-depth) look at the busy airport and what it takes to keep it running. Travelers usually aren’t focused on the difficult task of getting their flight (and 1,700 others per day) off the ground safely, but LAX employs a massive and varied staff to get the job done. A few of their stories are shared here. A good read.
CicLAvia, the special event where miles of L.A. roads are closed off to cars so that cyclists and pedestrians can use the streets safely, was a huge hit earlier this year – and it’s returning next weekend. CicLAvia organizers may have some good news to look forward as the City Council decides whether to approve a motion to give the event a $200,000 grant. The grant comes from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Trust Fund (MSAP).
L.A. ranked third in this year’s Texas Transportation Institute’s congestion ranking, but Planetizen writer Todd Litman encourages planners to take the rankings with a grain of salt. In fact, he lists eight “major errors and biases” in the report.
There’s a common thought that L.A.’s urban sprawl is the product of no planning, but a book by historian Greg Hise contends that the reality is quite the opposite. Hise’s book reveals that a vision for a decentralized L.A. was in the works since the 1920’s.
Nobody walks in L.A.? Maybe it’s because the state of the sidewalks make a simple walk into a mountain climbing expedition. LAist has video from KCET’s Vince Gonzales on why L.A.’s sidewalks are in such bad shape (tree roots!) and what can be done to fix them (probably nothing short of having homeowners pay for repairs).