Transportation headlines, Friday, May 21

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The sins of Angelenos (New York Times)

Photo by DandyDanny, via Flickr creative commons.

Photo by DandyDanny, via Flickr creative commons.

Uh-oh! Another NYT article on L.A., meaning local reporters and residents better gear up the outrage. Except this time the op-ed is from one of our own, former LAT reporter, author and area native Hector Tobar. Take it away, Hector!:

Consider that most egregious of California’s anti-ecological excesses: the freeway. We brag that we built the first one, in a riverbed. Because of our dependence on driving, Californians burn more gasoline than all of Africa. But even we are tired of freeways now, and when Caltrans tries to build a new one, it faces fierce local resistance. The residents of South Pasadena, for example, have successfully opposed a plan to extend Interstate 710 for decades.

The case for student transit passes (Move LA)

The activist group has a novel idea: fund the purchase of transit passes with state Greenhouse Gas Reduction funds. The reason: once given a transit pass, an awful lot of people — especially students — will gladly use them.

Mixed use property proposed for Vermont Avenue (Urbanize LA)

The development of K-Town continues with another proposal filed with the city of L.A., this time for a seven-story building with 173 apartments and 234 parking spaces. The building would be very near the Red/Purple Line Wilshire/Vermont Station as well as the bus lines that run on Wilshire and Vermont.

Metro sustainability report, with plenty of graphics (Streetsblog LA)

Some nice graphics pulled from Metro’s new Sustainability Report that looks at all sorts of metrics concerning transportation, pollution and how we get around.

I drove a Jaguar today (Zocalo Public Square)

Robin Ramirez. Photo by Zocalo Public Square.

Robin Ramirez. Photo by Zocalo Public Square.

The latest in Zocalo’s ongoing series of profiles of Metro riders.

America’s most popular tastes (FourSquare) 

The interactive map is used to show which food in each state is disproportionately popular compared to popular food in other states. In the Golden State, that would be Chinese chicken salad, so says FourSquare. They also include dozens of links to local places where Chinese chicken salad is on the menu, including many that are easy to reach via bus or train.

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Things to listen to on transit: Fun Fresh Air with long-time Letterman writer and producer Rob Burnett.

Things to listen to on transit 2: Judge John Hodgman decides a case in which the husband wants to minimize the hoopla surrounding his four-year-old daughter’s birthday. The wife disagrees. A very funny case — almost as funny as the time my case was considered by Judge Hodgman, who btw is appearing at the transit-accessible Largo on June 11.

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3 replies

  1. I do not agree that freeways are flowing more free today. During the week the Harbor Freeway is backed up mainly because the transit way was never extended in to Downtown LA. And certainly the four level interchange which connects the Hollywood Freeway is always congested. So I do not know which freeways are being discussed which is flow free; I tend to disagree.

  2. “The development of K-Town continues with another proposal filed with the city of L.A., this time for a seven-story building with 173 apartments and 234 parking spaces.”

    Why 7 stories and not 40 stories?
    Why an apartment and not a condo so people can actually own a place to live than rent?
    Why need parking spaces at all?