Allison Mannos: Why Streetsblog Matters
Why give to Los Angeles Streetsblog? Exactly for the reason that LA Streetsblog has become a game changer in transportation in Los Angeles, even more so than the other cities it’s appeared in. Before Streetsblog hit the scene, in order to hold carcentric agencies accountable and know what developments were happening, you either had to be a total nerd or a government planner/engineer. I was the former, and Streetsblog gave me an informal and crucial crash course education during my years at UCLA in transportation politics.On top of its amazing, high quality coverage of all things trains, buses, bikes, and pedestrians, LA Streetsblog has been on the cutting edge, for giving attention to underrepresented communities. This has included articles ranging from the Expo/Dorsey conflict, to City of Lights, to TOD’s and gentrification.By tying together comprehensive, daily transportation news in LA, Streetsblog has helped inform our campaigns here at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and also helped mobilize and unify our members and others in the bicycle advocate community. We all need to pitch in to support (I am a supporter of Streetsblog) and continue to read the media we want to see. By extension, the diverse, progressive movement we want to build, that of a multi-modal, non-carcentric, equitable Los Angeles starts here!