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Los Angeles, CA
is going to the dark side. They have candy
Interests: Los Angeles, Public Transportation, art and design
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"If you want a really balanced and efficient public transit system, nothing is better than multiple high-rise centers all around the edge, with lower-rise density in the middle, because that pattern yields an intense but entirely two-way pattern of demand." The problem with your analysis is that it assumes people 'have' to travel from one part of the county to the other. If commercial and residential uses were encouraged in closer proximity pressure for people to live so far from their employment would be reduced and thus transportation infrastructure demand also reduced. This can be done by encouraging residential developments along side corporate office towers and changing zoning laws that restrict development to a single type of use such as residential for large swaths of land which in effect forces people to commute. Secondly, Transit Oriented Development, or denser mixed use developments constructed along transit lines is an even better model as ridership is refreshed at multiple nodes along the line not just the end points. LAMTA and the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles have made huge strides along these lines within the last ten years with numerous mixed use projects built on top of Red and Gold Line stations. This is not possible for most of he Green Line which is built in a freeway median and non-existant along the Blue Line which travels through some of the counties poorer communities. The stigma of these communities simply stifles demand for such development. You are correct that there will be some densification of Culver City and plans are currently under foot for the Venice and Robertson station but do not expect anything high or even mid-rise. The zoning implicitly bars dense developments and the council and the citizens are of the same mindset. Culver City wants to be 1950's America with a touch of Europe's yesteryear. They will never be a Century City. Lastly, it is not exactly an apt description to say that Los Angeles envies New York. Overlooking the fact that 'envy' is a pejorative, Los Angeles doesn't want to be New York. The city has had a dense urban core roughly where it is now since the 1920s. As the population increased there was a natural progression toward taller buildings at the urban core just like there was in other cities such as Seattle, San Franciso, and Chicago.
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