Our friends at Zocalo held a forum last night on an oft-discussed subject in the Southland: is traffic here to stay or can something be done to take edge off and make L.A. more a world class place?
The forum one in a series of forums that Zocalo and Metro have teamed up to produce. The panelists were Aaron Paley, co-founder of CicLAvia, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds and architect and UCLA cityLAB co-director Roger Sherman. The moderator was Jessica Keating of the Los Angeles News Group’s opinion section.
A podcast of the event is above and Zocalo has a full write-up on their website. Here’s a nice excerpt:
Reynolds concurred, adding that transportation should be fun, and that designing the city’s future should be about more than getting people from point A to point B.
But, said Keating, as great as an “experience” sounds, the idea of riding a bike to a bus and then switching to a train doesn’t seem all that appealing to most people. How do you change the perspectives of people who just want to get in their cars and drive to their destination?
Paley said it’s about starting small: Give people an enjoyable pedestrian experience on the walk from their house to the grocery store.
Good conversation. I agree that Los Angeles isn’t that crazy different from many other American cities and even some foreign ones. The notable difference is that we got a later start on a modern rail system and that certainly impacts those who want to travel longer distances by transit.
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