The monotony of the drive-alone commute is tedious at best and more often crushingly boring. Our transportation network can surely offer opportunities to become interested in our surroundings and appreciative of the work constructed by others. It is good to be inspired by our neighbors, notice the problems in the city and appreciate everything that we are doing right.
With these experiences we might be able to decide how we better fit into the big picture that is society and contribute to Los Angeles’ prosperity.
Leaving your house by car and driving alone until you arrive at your job’s parking lot allows for possibly the least amount of opportunities for social engagement (although I do understand that many find it necessary to drive alone). Cut off by thick metal and glass and high speeds make interaction while traveling nearly impossible. Sharing your ride as a multi-modal communal journey presents any person with countless interactions (both negative and positive) that will contribute to their Los Angeles perception.
It is every person’s right to pursue happiness and fulfillment and I believe that makes it the government’s responsibility to support projects that are known to benefit the public. I encourage everyone to ride public transit, bike, walk, and carpool so that we can learn about each other, appreciate the diverse complexity of Los Angeles and contemplate how our work affects our growing society of health, education, prosperity and happiness.
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