Here’s a boost for our self-esteem. L.A. is cited as example of what’s going right with city redesign across the country, as we lurch forward into a 21st Century we hope will be healthy and livable. “America’s urban reboot is in full swing. The awe-inspiring mega-projects — the High Lines and the Subways to the Sea — are being held up as a sign that cities are back.” But where are they (we) headed?
A scant one week later, cheers turned to taunts as the paint on the downtown L.A. Spring Street bicycle green lane dissolved in spots, the result of painting right after a major rain. Not to worry. The green lane will rise again, says LADOT. All we need is some sunshine and a little more paint.
Caltrans director urges possible criminal charges for fired worker (Los Angeles Times)
Less than two weeks after a Caltrans technician was fired for allegedly falsifying data, the agency’s director sent a letter urging prosecutors to reconsider their decision not to file criminal charges against the former employee, who allegedly falsified engineering test data on highway construction projects. Politically motivated overreaction or one that considers the potential consequences of modifying construction test data? Do those that monitor need to be better monitored? And, to coin a phrase, who can we trust?