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  • thematters

    LA has what makes so many other cities so charming... a bunch of neighborhoods that all have their own flavor. The tide is also turning for public transportation which will inevitably make it easier for us to experience all the city has to offer. LA is already one of the great cities of the world, and it has the potential to become even greater.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    I would say LA is already a sprawling mess. You can only go up from here-- so why not try and get more bike lanes and public transit.

  • Climate Resolve

    This article raises some great questions. Thanks for posting!

    The potential for Los Angeles to be one of the great cities is there. However, it will require work by Angelenos and our leaders to step up to make this a thriving place for public transportation, sustainable design, and smart urban growth.

    • Casey Caplowe

      I agree. And it does feel like its happening. This article was actually written over two years ago now and so much good stuff has happened since then. Newly painted bike lanes downtown, a new measure to reinstate a red line car downtown as well. A handful of new parks opening up.

      It's not going to happen overnight, but there's certainly nice progress afoot.

      • Audrey Bellis

        It has definitely grown by leaps and bounds in the last 5 years (the last 2 especially). I've made it my home and the best part is that there is an opportunity to be part of the progress.

        • Ben Goldhirsh

          agreed. I don't feel the potential to effect change at the same level in other cities as I do in LA. I'm from boston, and there, it feels like you can plug into a system that is well afoot - i.e. you know what it's going to look like in 50 years and you can find your place in the path. Here is the opposite, you don't know what it's going to look like in 50 years, but you get to play a role in manifesting that future. pretty excited about being a citizen of this city.

          • Audrey Bellis

            Ben, that's awesome and welcome to the hood! (once I read Boston though- I automatically inserted a Southie accent while reading your response, lol). But I digress.... LA really is supporting us though and allowing us (its citizens) to be integral in the changes. It feels very "for us/by us" and Mayor Villaraigosa has done a lot for downtown especially. I'm in children's apparel and this was one of the recent initiatives that has opened up major doors for our little micro community in the downtown fashion district that is going to be huge! Plus, let's not discount the work GOOD is doing in driving awareness and engagement.