And Now, for Something Completely Different

One of the great things about the passage of Measure R is that it inspired many people to dream about a Los Angeles that isn’t car-dependent.  Apparently, it’s inspired people outside of Los Angeles, and I mean well outside of Los Angeles, to dream a little dream as well.  Via Inhabitat:

The measure also inspired a competition to design new transport solutions, and Paris-based Odile Decq and Bonit Conrnette Architects
have proposed an extensive plan to make the ‘freeway city’ a little
greener. The project proposes large stretches of green space, a system
of small vehicles with designated transportation lanes and parking
stations, and a complete overhaul of the city’s streets, overpasses,
culverts, right of ways, power lines, and underutilized rail lines.

As much as I cringe at the mention of Los Angeles as a "Freeway City" and as sceptical as I am that anything resembling a PRT system would succeed in L.A.; the design above, and those after the jump, of a green design for the area around LAX are really something to behold.  Even if the hot air balloon is a little hokey; Los Angeles currently has lot of problems designing bus stops that are bicycle and pedestrian accessible and this plan has greenspace connecting the entire city to itself and even to our airports.

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