Los Angeles.  Its a place like no other- for better or for worse.  One of the qualities its most known for is its (drumroll, please) exorbitant traffic!  We all know the story of how is came to be:  the glory of this start-studded sunbelt city includes the tearing out of the red car system and replacing it with freeways, helping the previously small town become a car owner’s heaven.  As the bedroom communities spread further and further out, more people needed to drive into the city for work- and little about that fact has changed in the last 40 years, except perhaps that it has become more crowded and slightly less smoggy.

There are a myriad of reasons why we need to reconsider transportation in Los Angeles, and that need is old news.  Between political and economic problems, the city doesn’t have the power to do more than incremental changes- many of which have already happened and seem to be working out well.  The bigger problem, in my opinion is the urban form.  LA is the densest city in America, if you can believe it.  Denser (on average) than NYC.  Its this southwestern low-rise density that lets us have lots of crowding and still manage to sprawl all over southern California.  Because of this density, its very difficult to recreate the public transportation system that was once here.  What can we do about it?  That is an excellent question.  And one I’m not yet prepared or qualified to answer.  I believe its going to take a bit more studying and digger of this problem before I can claim to know what the next steps should be.

In the mean time, I found this delicious infographic on Good.is on how people move through LA.  Its relevant and  quite nice, so here it is:

Be sure to check out the full article on Good.  And I’ll be sure to figure out what LA is/should/would be doing with its transportation routes and system.

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