Blossom Plaza takes form in Chinatown (urbanize LA)
Nice post with renderings and construction pics of the long awaited and long delayed 237-unit residential-and-retail complex adjacent to the Gold Line’s Chinatown Station. It’s scheduled to be done next spring. And get this: there have now been plans filed for another development near the station that would have twin towers and 685 residential units. This is a pretty low-slung section of downtown and, I think, a good place to densify.
One issue that is of concern: a lot of people get around Chinatown by walking but Hill Street and Broadway are both very, very busy with traffic. Hill is a tough one because the street is basically an extended on- and off-ramp of the 110 freeway.
All-door Muni boarding means quicker buses, less fare evasion (Streetsblog SF)
Joe Linton checks out the ongoing pilot program at two stops for the 720 Rapid on Wilshire Boulevard and pretty much likes what he saw thus far. As for fare evasion, he didn’t see much. As for context, Joe offers this:
All-door boarding comes standard in many civilized nations. New York City does all-door boarding on its Select Bus Service lines. Since July 2012, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) has all-door boarding all throughout its bus system.
The second link above is from this past December and includes a report thus far on Muni’s all-door boarding program. They’ve found bus trips have speeded up and fare evasion has gone down, perhaps due to greater enforcement. ICYMI, here’s our video comparing single door boarding to all-door boarding.
Key excerpt, edited to remove non-governmenty-type language:
“Excuse me,” I said, using my … to crush his thigh. Outside of a horror movie, I have never seen anyone react so quickly to get away from another human being. There was terror, then disgust, then anger. I took out my book and turned to him. “Thank you,” I said, and then smiled like Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom. It would have been rude otherwise.
Fun and well-written post — more interesting than most things about transportation. But I’d recommend thinking long and hard before sitting on a stranger. 🙂
Columnist Steve Lopez says a slice of the federal defense budget would go a long way to fixing the country’s infrastructure woes.
Long post that takes its time getting to the gist of it: like many other cities, Seattle doesn’t plan to build much new car infrastructure as part of its future transportation plans but instead will focus on walking, biking and transit improvements.
As for traffic in Seattle — it’s horrible, horrible, horrible.
Oakland is home to championship teams, all of them looking to leave (New York Times)
The Warriors, A’s and Raiders play at the same sports complex served by the regional rail system. And all three teams are pursuing deals to leave for facilities in which transit may not be part of the deal. The Raiders want to move to Carson, the A’s are looking elsewhere in Oakland and the Warriors may move to an arena not far from the Giants’ awesome, awesome light rail and bus friendly ballpark.
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