The lede of this article by Hillel Aron is a jewel: the head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation sits in his 21st story office in Hollywood complaining about the new big buildings rising nearby. The implication is clear: his tower was here first so it’s okay. New density? Not so much, says Weinstein, who suggests that the L.A. lifestyle is succumbing to planners who want L.A. to be more like New York.
The rest of this very smart and well constructed article looks at issues pertinent to transportation. Why is a the head of a healthcare nonprofit using that nonprofit to push a citywide ballot measure to slow big developments? And does he have a point that the new developments are putting the squeeze on affordable housing in some parts of the city?
Good story that isn’t afraid of the many shades of gray in urban planning issues. Read it.
The meeting last week included more than 80 stakeholders, as well as officials from Metro who explained the draft spending plan released in March.
Investing in Place’s takeaway: 10 percent of the funding needs to be set aside for walking and biking (i.e. active transportation) and less for highway. The group also argues that economic equity is as important as geographic equity, meaning the plan shouldn’t just sprinkle projects around L.A. County but target those who need the most help getting around.
Chris pretty much agrees with Investing in Place: millennials, he argues, want a fast and seamless transpo system with a lot of choices, including more walking and bike lane options. Such a system, he writes, will keep the millennial generation riding Metro for years to come.
Students react to possible tax hike for Metro (Daily Trojan)
A more accurate headline would have been “two students react to possible tax hike for Metro.” Neither reaction is entirely positive, btw, with one student saying the funds should be better used for “social change.” In my book, expanding transit is social change. Then again, it has been years since I went back to school.
For those who can’t get enough of monorails and pod cars. Looks like a system that might help people get around a small area or perhaps a So Cal shopping mall. Doesn’t look like a system that’s a substitute for high-capacity systems (such as a subway).
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