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


Calling All Writers…LA Streetsblog Needs Your Help

I’m going to be out of town from Thursday, October 9, until Tuesday October 14 and won’t have Internet access.  In the past, we’ve featured a series of opinion pieces and personal stories to help fill the gap in my absence.  Some of those stories have included a transportation engineer’s first trip to the Staples […]

Streetsblog Election Guide

You don’t need me to tell you that there is a lot riding on next Tuesday’s election.  To help anyone who has yet to make a decision on the presidential election, Prop 1A, Measure R, or local planning and transportation measures, I’m including a nearly complete set of links to Streetsblog stories about what’s going […]

Measuring the Odds for Measure R+

The issue of whether or not Measure R+, our temporary name for a proposed ballot initiative to extend the 2008 transportation sales tax, will be on the fall ballot will be much clearer in a couple of days.  The Metro Board of Directors will vote on whether or not to place the initative on the […]

Metro Board Getting Ready to Spend Measure R Money

No sooner has the news come out that Measure R has officially been passed by voters four weeks ago, the Metro Board of Directors is already moving to begin spending some of that money.  This week’s special Metro Board meeting, the first since late October and the last in 2008, has some Measure R proposals […]

Streetsblog Interview: Fred Camino

Web designer and Metro Rider Fred Camino became a household name in the transit advocacy community and with Metro staff by building and nurturing an online community at Metro Rider, still available at  The popular blog attracted hundreds of readers everyday and many more to his facebook, myspace and other social networking webpages.  Then, […]

Introducing, the “Measure J Page”

As we approach election day, there’s going to be a lot of discussion of Measure J. Measure J is the proposed extension of the 2008 Measure R transit tax that is set to expire in 2039. Measure J would extend, not increase, the tax until 2069 allowing Metro to bond against future revenue to build […]