Friday Street Poll: Who Is the Best Online Defender of the Westside Subway

Who's made the best defense of the Westside Subway

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A couple of weeks ago Metro released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Westside Subway, formerly known as the Subway to the Sea.  The DEIR contained a lot of good news for the city including a slight reduction in automobile congestion along the corridor despite hundreds of thousands of new residents coming to the area over the next twenty five years.

These numbers weren’t good enough for the media.  Both the local paper of record and the largest alternative news source came out swinging.  The Times “broke the news” about the minimal reduction with an attention gathering headline basically calling the Subway a failure.  LA Weekly was actually far less subtle in their analysis.  Only in Los Angeles will the alternative paper slam transit projects and suggest some more highway expansion would be a better use of money.

But a funny thing happened.  These outlets, along with L.A. Observed, came under fire throughout the Internet for not understanding transit.  LA Weekly tried to dismiss criticism of their reporting as just some transit advocates, but as Steve Hymon points out at The Source, over two-thirds of the county voted for Measure R.  Things got so ugly, that Alex Thompson’s mathematical evisceration of a fellow City Watch columnist barely gets mentioned.

So I’ve gathered the best responses and am asking you to crown one as the best evisceration of subway backers.  Who has written the best article defending the Westside Subway?  Links to the articles mentioned in the poll can be found after the jump.

  • Steve’s piece at The Source for best fact-based rebuttal.

    Amy’s piece at Neon Tommy for the shear comedy value skewering the critics.

  • Joel C

    Silverstein’s column was funny, but Thompson’s article countered Richard Lee Abrams’ analysis beautifully with facts, calculations and logic better than any other article I had a chance to read.

  • In the spirit of it being late Friday afternoon, and in the interest of full disclosure, I couldn’t resist voting for Me.

    But Zach’s headline and the Neon Tommy post deserve, in the words of “30 Rock,” to take their reward.

    Fun poll, Mr. Newton!

    Steve Hymon
    Editor, The Source

  • I was gonna vote for Steve, but then I also chose voting for Me. Me for president!

  • Amy Silverstein

    Facts and logic might help you learn, but do they make you laugh? No. Vote for the funny one!

  • Meghan

    I’m voting for Alex because he told me to

  • Alan Mittelstaedt

    I voted for Amy because hers was the most creative and humorous. Plus, I figured LATimes editors would read Steve’s retort and hire him back to retool the paper’s abysmal transportation coverage. And sure, L.A. Weekly readers deserve the prize, but they’re used to unfair treatment and abuse. Whoever wins, and I trust a cash prize awaits them, should buy a monthly Metro pass for James Moore, the subway and light-rail critic whose number every lazy reporter in Los Angeles keeps on speed dial.

  • I call BS! Amy rigged it. She’s a human diebold machine.

  • Roger Christensen

    Kudos to all. Back in the mid-1990s the Times and the Weakly got away with the most outrageous anti-transit nonsense and there was very little pushback.

  • Really, I was just trying to raise a fuss to pushback the pile-on of critics and their gung-ho attitude toward dismissing the subway just because it wouldn’t solve car congestion. Alex Thompson presented impressive analysis while Amy Silverstein’s is most clever. In a similar vein when some grumpy 60ish homeowner years ago at a bullet train meeting started ranting how dare SCAG make projections for the future that include growth I yelled out “OK–Let’s just ban sex.” He didn’t seem to grasp my satiric point. Oh, well…

  • Roadblock

    I have to agree with BZCAT

    Steve’s in the soure article completely dismantles the LA Times article. Excellent.


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