Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.
As some of our wonkier readers know, President Obama is releasing his budget today for fiscal year 2013, which begins in October. I’ll post more about it when there’s more details than conjecture on the details.
The secret to a successful urban stadium (The Atlantic)
The Super Bowl in Indianapolis last week won a lot of raves because of the city’s compact and walkable downtown that includes the football stadium. Downtown L.A. is far larger than downtown Indy, but perhaps there are lessons to be learned by packing as many attractions as close by as possible instead of spreading them out across L.A.’s sprawling downtown.
It’s a relevant issue as AEG and the city of L.A. look at building a new NFL stadium at L.A. Live. The idea is to attract a team to the city and secure some Super Bowls and other large events.
As a side note here, I grew up in Cincinnati, which is 100 miles from Indy. In the 1970s, Indy wasn’t known for much of anything besides the big race on Memorial Day weekend. And then the city got smart and concentrated on redeveloping its downtown and making the city a hub of amateur sports. Downtown Cincy today is struggling and is in no shape to ever host a Super Bowl. Meanwhile, just up I-74, Indy got smart. And successful.
Top skylines of the world (Diserio)
Blogger Liugi Di Serio created a formula to quantify which cities around the world had the best skyline. Hong Kong, Chicago and New York swept the top three spots while downtown L.A. ranked 34th — just behind Minneapolis and ahead of Bangkok and Calgary (hmm). Fun post. For my money, I’d put Vancouver far higher than 43rd.
In California, support growing for high-speed rail (Welcome to the Fast Lane)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that in his travels across California last week, he found widespread support for the state’s high-speed rail project — although he acknowledged concerns remain. It’s obvious that even as critics continue to take aim at the project, the Obama Administration is standing firm in its support of the bullet train here.
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