Forget Uber. Forget fancy cars. To get to the #StanleyCup playoffs on time, Washington Capitals Matt Niskanen and TJ Oshie ride the Washington Metro on game night. #Straphangers rule! pic.twitter.com/Oq0fMw2tlw
— Taras Grescoe (@grescoe) June 5, 2018
An update on the Bay Area's tolling measure: This morning, with 95% of precincts reporting, RM3 has 53.7% support—likely enough to pull through. Support is higher than 60% in both San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. https://t.co/8uY0wWf9AN
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) June 6, 2018
San Francisco — like L.A. — is pursuing an approach that would cap the number of Bird, Lime and Spin scooters on city streets: https://t.co/w3y73KvZuk
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) June 5, 2018
This approach is really interesting, in part because most cities have not moved in any significant way to cap the number of vehicles being driven for Uber — the company that arguably wrote the playbook that the scooter companies are now using.
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) June 6, 2018
This is a great observation. We don’t cap the number of motor vehicles on streets but now there are discussion about a very popular market-driven solution for short trips. Hmm.
Art of Transit
A good preview of the public meetings that begin Thursday night to discuss the feasibility study and concepts developed by Metro for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project.
As the article mentions, Metro is looking at rail options. This meeting will focus on the project segment between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside with an emphasis on how this project will connect with other Metro transit projects. I’ll have a post up with the presentation following tomorrow night’s meeting. I am wild guessing that readers will be intensely interested in this.
Meeting dates and times:
• Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
• Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Marvin Braude Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
• Tuesday, June 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. This meeting will also be webcast live.
Like many cities around the world, Vancouver is grappling with punishing housing costs that have pushed out large swaths of residents — and are causing distress among young adults who can’t afford rent today and take it for granted that they will never own a home.
Sound familiar, anyone?
As it happens, the house next to mine recently went on the market. On top of the high price, it needs considerable work. On a recent Sunday there was an open house — and there were 20 people on the sidewalk just waiting for the open house to begin. It was a feeding frenzy and I was not surprised when the “in escrow” sign popped up the other day.
Yeah, I could probably sell my crib. But then what? As in Vancouver, lateral moves here are increasingly difficult — the 310 would still be out of reach — and I’d likely just end up with a much bigger mortgage and a worse commute.
Of course, housing is not a transportation issue per se, but housing and transit should go hand-in-hand and there are still too many places here where the transit has been built but the new housing hasn’t really followed. I’m talking to you, Highland Park Station!
On that subject, the usually great Planet Money podcast had a segment last month on the now-dead state bill (known as SB 827) that proposed to rezone and allow more density neighborhoods across the state near frequent transit line.
The podcast took a particular look at the neighborhood of single-family homes near the Expo Line’s Westwood/Rancho Park Station, suggesting that allowing some homes to be demolished and rebuilt as apartments was a good solution for our housing shortage. (Disclosure: To repeat, I’m a single-family homeowner in Pasadena so I have horse-in-race).
On the sour side, the whole segment relies heavily a single interview with a single UCLA public policy professor. Neither Planet Money or the professor mentioned that a very short stroll from the station is Pico Boulevard, a commercial street with a lot of one- and two-story buildings where it might be easier to build housing from a political standpoint. Housing on commercial streets is common in many other cities — but not as much in our region.
That seems like it should have been mentioned in the story. But it was not. Triple Ugh and Planet Money should be sent to the Planetary Penalty Box.
It’s still a decade-and-change away, but I’m eager to see the Los Angeles Summer Olympics and Paralympics mascot.
Any ideas? Comment please.
Things to listen/watch whilst transiting: This song popped up on my dumb phone while riding the Gold Line the other night. What a great song and the video shows fun times at one of our local landfills back in the early days of MTV.
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