Today’s profile of a Metro rider by Zocalo Public Square: I love huevo rancheros, MLK Jr. Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.
Los Angeles and its booming creative class lures New Yorkers (New York Times)
Television, film, the arts and technology are exerting a pretty good tug on residents of San Francisco East (i.e. Metropolis/Gotham/Big Apple), who also like the L.A. area for its cheaper real estate, better weather and food scene. There is, of course, a mention of our lil’ traffic issue — never mind the traffic in Gotham — and “limited” public transit, which is a basically the NYT’s way of saying we don’t have as many trains as they do, nor are our trains as clustered together.
Okay, fair enough. The New York subway has about 230 route miles compared to 87 for our Metro Rail — with another 32 miles under construction here on five projects. Of course, the other thing the New York area has is abundant, frequent and nearly around-the-clock commuter rail to Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.
I’ve lived in Chicago, SF East and L.A. (in that order) and I’m happy to report they’re all terrific. The one way I was able to afford living in Manhattan was not having a car whereas I’m sure some folks moving out there have to absorb that cost — meaning the Echo Park cottage mentioned in the article may not be as cheap as implied. That said, it was nice to read an NYT article that was mostly free of the quota of typical East Coast snobbery that editors must apply to West Coast articles.
One thing that is indisputable: New York pizza is absolutely terrible — a greasy and often tasteless mess of goo only meant to be consumed by late night drunkards who need to fill their stomachs with something semi-solid. Abbott Kinney Pizza (Venice — 33, 733 Bus) or Casa Bianca (Eagle Rock — 81, 83 or 180/181 Bus) easily do better, as do may other places around our region.
Santa Clarita rallies to dump HSR tracks onto someone else (California High-Speed Rail Blog)
A recently rally in Santa Clarita and other communities near the 14 freeway brought out a big crowd urging the state bullet project project to keep tracks underground between Palmdale and the San Fernando Valley. Excerpt:
It’s not practical to build half the HSR route in a tunnel. Even if it were, it wouldn’t be cheap – and yet many of the critics at this rally cited the rising cost of building HSR as a reason to not move ahead with the project. Which is it? HSR is too expensive, or it’s not expensive enough (because the state won’t spend billions more to build a tunnel under the mountains)?
As the post also points out, there are a lot of folks between DTLA and the SFV who also want tracks underground. The even bigger issue: many billions of dollars in funding still need to be found to get the train to Bakersfield and under the Tehachapi Mountains — not to mention west to the San Francisco Bay area. Stay tuned…
The news that Orange County plans to add two lanes in each direction to the 405 south of the Los Angeles County border has Long Beach residents fearing motorists will hit local streets to avoid a bottleneck at the county line where northbound motorists will have to squeeze into fewer lanes.
Metro — which provides some funding for freeway projects in the county — says there is no funding or plans to widen the 405 north of the county line, but that it will launch a feasibility study to see if adding a lane or two is even possible between the 605 freeway and Cherry Avenue in Long Beach.
If you can guess the name of the city in California where the mural shown below is located, I will post a video to the daily headlines declaring you the greatest transit rider and/or taxpayer of all-time. Email your guess to email@example.com. This column deeply appreciates legally-applied street art and reminders of spring while stuck inside on an otherwise beautiful day.
I’ll even give you a hint. The city is located near the beach where this semi-world famous burger can be purchased:
Hint number two: if you need a transit angle, the city with the mural is served by Amtrak.
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