Poll: What Should Streetsblog Be Covering.

During our “temporary hiatus” we promised you that Streetsblog wouldn’t just be coming back, but that we would slowly start adding new features and cover more stories.  While I’m sure you all love our weekly polls, we do have some larger plans in mind.

While we’re working on securing the funds to make expansion a reality, I thought we should ask you what kind of stories, you would like to see us cover outside our normal coverage areas.  This will help us as we reach out to funders, and sponsors as we help LA Streetsblog move into the next decade.

If you have a suggestion not on the list, please drop it in the comments.

What subject would you like to see Streetsblog cover more in-depth?

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  • The Bus Bench has an awesome story generating hook: interview MTA riders and survey their rides and ride quality. Does your bus stop have shelter from the elements? Access to a bathroom?

    Tracking traffic crashes regulalry is agreat way to shift the debate about cycling and walking away from “scofflaws” and “jaywalkers” to safety.

    Identifying the people in LA’s various departments respomsible for road widening decisions, etc.is a sure fire way to influence their decisions. Most toil under the assumption of obscurity and anonymity, thus their determinations are typically weak and antisocial.

    In LA the Capital Improvement Expenditure Program sucks away (in years past) a big chunk of bike and ped money. I’ve never seen the budget or named adminstrator for this program.

    Pedicabs in LA are a natural fit in congested areas with heavy foot traffic. The city has stalled their regulatory reform after putting out insanely bad propsed rules.This is a big business that would create hudreds of good jobs if implemented properly.

  • Another great feature would be a weekly short film covering one livable streets event, idea, issue, policy maker, etc.

    The power of moving pictures and sound are not to be “misunderestimated”.

  • Here in Beverly Hills we’re ramping up a campaign to get our city leaders to think more creatively about planning for bicycles and pedestrians – aka ‘complete streets’ in the language of the policy guidance coming out of Sacramento and DC. See more here:
    https://sites.google.com/site/betterbikebh/

    I’d love to see examples of complete streets-type projects from around the region. I hear Long Beach wrangled from the feds permission to use non-traditional markings for bike lanes, for example; I”ll be heading down there next week to see for myself. But I’d love to be able to tap examples from my armchair so that I can offer BH leaders examples of good planning.
    Streetsblog seems like the best place to crowdsource these things. If our policymakers aren’t bringing good planning to us, we have to bring good planning to our policymakers. Have a look at our campaign wiki and send some ideas to Streetsblog!

  • All of the above!

  • poncho

    More a general Streetsblog suggestion…

    May I suggest the addition of a Streetsblog Cascadia/Streetsblog Pacific Northwest to the Streetsblog family (NYC, DC, SF, LA)? There’s a lot happening in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver relating to livability, pedestrians and biking, urbanism, transit, street design and complete streets, etc.

  • Joseph E

    Open space and park issues are definitely a good topic. But I voted for Freight Movement because this issue does not get much coverage in the regular press, and may not be the top priority for most, but will make a huge difference in the local economy and has a big impact on neighborhoods.

    San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach are impacted heavily by port trucks, pollution and traffic, and the ports and freight lines sometimes divide these communities (though grade separation projects have helped). And often new “improvements” to roads meant to speed freight trucks are done without though to pedestrian or bike uses. For example, the new bridge on Ocean Blvd to Terminal Island may be built with extra lanes for cars and trucks, but no bike path or sidewalk.

    In the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley, freight movement has a big impact, and the trucks and trains often cause direct deaths and injuries, as well.

    These areas may be less “on the radar” for Streetsblog, but deserve some attention. I think that covering these communities would also make Streetsblog more revelant, outside of the hipster/urbanist set (Of which I am an admitted sometimes member)

  • Eric B

    I second Joseph E’s comments on freight movement. It’s the other half of transportation and here in LA is critical to economic vitality. The livable streets movement is often dismissed because we typically overlook freight, except to complain about those damn trucks driving through our communities. Given LA’s port-driven economy, we should be a leader in integrating freight movement into a complete transportation network.

  • i’d like to hear more from families and livable streets – how does the livable streets movement factor in moms, dads and kids – oh yeah, and as my mom would remind – grandmas!

  • and def interested in a complete streets story/perspective from someone who is disabled

  • Derek

    Speaking of “expansion…outside our normal coverage areas,” how about a San Diego Streetsblog?

  • Katie M.

    Pedestrians! Walkability! Sidewalks! Crosswalks!

    You get the theme here.

    Katie
    http://wherethesidewalkstarts.blogspot.com/

  • Any discussion about freight movement that doesn’t include a discussion of peak oil seems like a waste of time to me.

  • Carter R

    How about a story that compares the amount of space downtown dedicated to surface parking versus the amount of space dedicated to parks and pedestrian plazas?

    With 70 miles of new rail coming online that will make Downtown only more accessible by transit, now’s the time to start digging up some concrete dedicated for cars.

  • LA is a big area. Your readers come from an even larger geographic area. I’d like to see photo tours of the good and the bad, like the long beach bike boulevard and 8 lane traffic sewers.

  • poncho

    I’d like to hear more stories about general urban design and infrastructure as it pertains to livable cities and ped/bike/transit. Also would be interested to hear history about how our cities got overrun with cars decades ago and ways to fix past urban design mistakes that still haunt us today. Streetsblog has briefly touched on this material but I’d love to hear much more. Not just looking back at history but looking back to inform where we are today. The rise of the automobile 100 years ago has a lot of parallels to today as we rethink the role of streets and who they are seen as belonging to. How streets were remade to not only accommodate automobiles but also how they became posessive of automobiles… jaywalking laws, one way streets, streetcar removal, on-street parking removal, etc all implemented to make the streets better for motoring at the expense of other modes.

    I’d be interested to hear more about the destruction of Bunker Hill, Pershing Square (the nice one), Pacific Electric and the general Downtown Los Angeles urban fabric (as much as I despise this, I am absolutely fascinated by it). Maybe also info on previous rapid transit proposals (i.e 1920s-1980s), Pasadena Cycleway (in-depth), how the tide began to turn in the 1970s as people opposed freeways and began to look at other ways of getting around cities such as the rise of urban biking as transportation beginning in the 1970s.

  • “Open space and parks” would be a definite winner.

    Even people who don’t care about transit care deeply about open space, especially in a city famous for not having enough.

    Finding ways to connect transit with parks would help transit advocates connect with people who are sitting on the fence, transit-wise.

    Take the new underground Little Tokyo station. It’s been suggested that there may not be much room for new development there. Instead of Yet Another Station Plaza, how about a pocket park?

    Little Tokyo already has plenty of stores, and the Nikkei Center will add to the available commercial space, but the Savoy Apartments, which has been leary of the Regional Connector, would appreciate some greenery…

  • Climate Change is one damn good reason to ride a bike. Everyone knows the weather this summer in LA was very strange. And right now in mid-Sept. when LA is always blistering hot; its cool, very cool. So the average person says, “I can tell something is going on…but what can I do? My carbon footprint is insignificant.” true, one person alone makes no different. But if everyone in LA spent one work day a week out of their car it CAN matter. And biking, riding public transit is the way to do that.
    Streetblog needs to monitor climate change issues and tie them into street life.

  • Local Sierra Club chapter has a facebook page on Urban Parks and the Urban Environment

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Urban-Park-and-Urban-Environment-Committee-Sierra-Club-Angeles-Chapter/256518722242?ref=ts

  • Jessica, I passed along your suggestion to some disability activists in hopes it spurs such contributions.

  • MU

    +1 on both “Open Space” and “Freight Movement”. The former is a key to the livability and street experience of a city which seems to be a key focus of the blog. The later has a big impact on the health, well-being, and economy of the region, but is largely ignored by the public.

    I’ll second ubrajy02’s comments about digging into more details of the people, departments, and political processes that affect the issues discussed. I’d especially like to see more discussion of unelected officials because they tend to be widely ignored by the media and yet can have huge long term impacts on the city. Not looking for hit pieces/love fests, but some balanced reporting of who the people are that make decisions that affect all of us.

    Finally would like to see some effort to reach out more to the issues and people that are in play in the non-English and more minority dominated areas of the city.

  • I voted for Open Space, but I also think Freight Movement is important as well, and it certainly impacts our roads and commuter rail.

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