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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Move L.A.: Why You Should Vote Yes on Measure J For Jobs

…And what the New York Post and LACBC founder Ron Milam have to say about Los Angeles and public transit Los Angeles County is darn big and densely populated, a complex conglomeration of neighborhoods, multi-centered, and with complicated commute patterns. It’s hard to believe policy and funding still prioritizes cars when it seems so obvious […]

Measure J and the future of [transit in] L.A.

(This is the third of four op/eds on Measure J that Streetsblog will publish this week. Monday, Gloria Ohland of Move L.A. made the case for Measure J, yesterday the BRU made their case for a no vote. – DN) I am writing this quickly as I pack for a return trip to the land of aggressive […]