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Gasoline Has Changed LA, But Will It Change Back?

9:09 AM PDT on September 11, 2008

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The Daily News printed a story today about some of the changes that Los Angeles has undergone as a result of high gas prices.  There's nothing surprising about their findings, more people are biking, taking transit, and buying fuel efficient cars.  The Daily News' article focuses on what steps will have to be taken to accomodate these changes if they continue to happen.

And yes, a fare hike is mentioned to help Metro deal with all of its new passengers.

But what if gas prices continue their recent trend, and fall back to $3 a gallon.  Up here in the Bay Area the local news is focusing on forecasters that are predicting gas prices to be between $3 and $3.25.

So here's the question I put to you: If gas prices fall and don't rise, what's going to happen to Los Angeles?  Have we learned our lesson?  If we return to an era of $3 gasoline, will we see people continue to pursue alternative transportation, or will the city breathe a deep sigh of relief and get back in their SUV's?

Photo: Sirigous/Flickr

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