LA Streetsie Awards 2008


(editor’s note: This will be the last post of 2008 for Los Angeles Streetsblog barring any major story breaking this week.  Here are, in my opinion the best and worst of 2008 in transportation news.  Enjoy, and see you all next Monday.)

Story of the Year: The battle over Measure R and its final passage

My Favorite Story to "research" and write: Parking Day LA

Best Streetfilm: LA’s Bike Co-Ops

Best Streetsblog Op/Ed: Dana Gabbard on Measure R

Best Interview: City Councilman Tom LaBonge

Story That Has Been Covered to Death that Will Be Covered to Death Again Next Year: The Battle over Expo

Streetsblog Op/Ed Title That Leaves Least to Imagination: Proposition T in Santa Monica is my Candidate for the Worst Urban Planning Idea of the Year.

Best One Day Event: Downtown Pasadena Walkabout with a h/t to the It’s Time to Move L.A. Conference

Best Lecture: Gordon Price

Best Transportation Series Nobody Is Talking About (outside of The Valley): Stephen Box and the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council’s Panel of Visionaries

Dumbest Waste of Money: Metro installs turnstiles to Keep Us Safe from Terrorists

Best Community Plan That Is Being Ignored by the City: Eco-Village’s Car Free Vision for Planned LAUSD Parking Lot

Best Community Plan That Nobody is Ignoring: South L.A./ Staples Center Improvement Plan

Best Move by Metro Board: Stopping Service Cuts

Worst Place to Park a Bike: Dodger Stadium

Best Statement by a Politician: Obama promises to boost bike-ped funding if elected

Worst Statement by a Politician: "The Public Votes with Their Gas Pedal" edges Villaraigosa tells cyclists to look somewhere else for funds

Most Horrific Crash: July 4th Mandeville Canyon Disaster

Worst Story That Won’t Die: LAPD’s newfound obsession with bicycle licenses edges the Mayor’s Pico-Olympic Plan

Best Sign That LA Is Moving in the Right Direction: Parties Planned around Late-Night Metro

Best "Web Exclusive" Series: Co-existence but a h/t to the Bus Bench’s Dead Escalator Series

Best Collaborative Effort: Fred and I write to papers about Feuer Bills

Gone But Not Forgotten: Livable Places, Emerald City


Open Thread: What Do We Think of the First Peek at Measure R2

Earlier this afternoon, Los Angeles Times transportation reporter Laura Nelson reported on many of the details of the sales tax ballot measure that will be presented to Metro Board committees next week. With the approval of the Metro Board of Directors, the measure would go on this fall’s ballot where it would need the support […]

Streetsblog Interview: Steve Hymon

Hymon, Second from the Left, Joins Sue Doyle in Talking to Richard Katz and Asm. Feuer Does anyone really need me to write an introduction for an interview with Steve Hymon? If so, I’ll be brief. He’s the transportation writer for the Los Angeles Times, making him one of the five most read transportation writers […]

Who Is Lining Up to Fight Measure M

So far, most of Streetsblog L.A.’s coverage of Measure M, Metro’s sales tax proposal that will be on the fall ballot, has been positive. With our eyes fixed on graphics showing the growth of our rail and rapid bus network, a robust active transportation funding program, and some flexibility in the language allocating highway funding; […]

Five Things I’m Thinking About Transportation

When I last took a paternity leave, I returned with a brief column on some stories I would never get to flesh out that occured during my time off. Sometime after that, Steve Hymon started running an occasional “5 Things I’m Thinking About Transportation” series. I’ve rarely done it, but if it’s good enough for […]

Comment of the Day: Doing the Math on Metro’s Turnstile Program

Streetsblog doesn’t usually do a “comment of the day” post, but Erik Griswold decided to put his excellent cost/benefit analysis of Metro’s turnstile program in a comment thread for a story published before Thanksgiving. We wanted to make sure everyone saw it. Long time readers may remember that when Metro suggested adding turnstiles to stations […]

Opinion – Don’t Shoot the Messenger: How “NIMBYs” Are Not to Blame for the Target Fiasco at Sunset and Western

Editor’s note: Last week, Streetsblog Los Angeles ran an opinion piece from one of our occasional contributors, Alexander Friedman. The piece told Friedman’s side of the story regarding a controversial and currently half-built Target store at the corner of Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Friedman’s piece generated a lot of comments, some insightful, some sympathetic, […]