December News Articles

From The Atlantic: CityLab:

Why the Wealthy Have Been Returning to City Centers

“Back in 1980, Americans didn’t pay much of a premium to live in the center of a city. Quite the contrary: many gladly paid more to live farther away. We all know how that story ends. In the years and decades that followed, center cities made a comeback, and demand for downtown living soared.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Activists seek ballot measure for moratorium on L.A. ‘mega projects’

“A group of Los Angeles activists said Wednesday that it wants voters to crack down on real estate “mega developments” by putting limits on changes to city planning rules that can be granted for such projects. The Coalition to Preserve L.A. said its proposed ballot measure would establish a moratorium of up to two years for any development project that requires a City Council vote to increase the number of housing units allowed on a particular site.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Hollywood debate is trial run for city growth fight

“The Palladium project is, in many ways, just what elected leaders at Los Angeles City Hall say they want. Under the proposal, two 30-story residential towers would go up a block from a Hollywood Boulevard subway station. It would add 731 homes in the middle of a housing crunch. And the project would be constructed entirely on parking lots, ensuring that the developer won’t need to demolish a single rent-controlled apartment. Nevertheless, the push to approve the Palladium Residences has found a powerful foe in the project’s next-door neighbor, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which says the development is too big for its surroundings.”

From The Daily Beast:

LA Is a Great Walking City. Really.

“In the popular imagination, LA is thought to lack street life while glorifying its dependence on the automobile. This idea is hard to shake. But the characteristics of what some observers call “the Third Los Angeles” are obvious to residents.”

From The Los Angeles Business Journal:

Ending Gridlock: Reason Proposes ‘Mobility Plan’

“The Los Angeles think tank formally presented its “Southern California Mobility Plan” at a luncheon Wednesday at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles that was attended by more than 75 people. The $714 billion plan calls for tolls on local highways and expressways, improving bus rapid transit and express bus services, creating new overpasses and underpasses at congested interchanges, converting carpool lanes to toll lanes and synchronizing traffic lights”

From Curbed Los Angeles:

Here’s the Bonkers, $700-Billion Libertarian Plan to Fix Los Angeles Traffic

“The future of transportation in Los Angeles is getting a lot of much-deserved attention lately, as the sustainability of the city’s model has city planners looking at major changes in the way LA gets around town. Mobility Plan 2035, the city’s long-term transportation plan seeks to finally get many Angelenos out of their cars with workable public transportation and an improved network of bike lanes. Not everyone agrees that that’s the way to go, though. The Libertarian Reason Foundation says bikes and buses are not the solution to traffic congestion—making more room for cars is.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Opinion: The Expo Line hasn’t reduced freeway traffic. So what?

“Though the rail line has drawn more users — 30,000 daily riders — than projected and helped boost bus ridership, the number of people in the area using transit does not appear to be large enough to affect vehicle traffic in such a congested corridor, according to researchers with USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Metrans Transportation Center, which conducted the study for the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”

From The Atlantic CityLab:

Every Town Needs a Huge Cat Directing Traffic

“It can be hard to get drivers to slow down on local streets. Some places install a roundabout. Others go with speed bumps. The town of Sebastopol, in Northern California, chose to install a 12-foot tall orange tabby that glows in the dark and instills the fear of death into your pedal-pushing soul.”