Today’s Headlines

  • LA’s Bike Friendliest Hoods on the Westside (Curbed)
  • Bike Week Special: CICLE Partners with Metro for 20 Urban Expedition Rides (The Source)
  • Bike Advocates: Gov. Jerry Brown Failing to Lead on Bike-Friendly Policies (Examiner.com)
  • California Increasing Density As America Sprawls (Planning and Development Report)
  • Op/Ed: Metro Must Keep Faith with SGV on Gold Line Extension (SGV Trib)
  • Can We Tax Away Climate Change? (Daily News)
  • Not Near My Backyard: Homeowners in SCV Fret HSR Bad for Home Values (Signal via Curbed)
  • State Dept. Health Manager: Pedestrian Data So Bad “Because We Are a Car-Centric State” (SB)
  • Feuer, Zine, Lead in the B Races (LAT)
  • Meet Me at Metro IV: Bringing It Home to Watts on 5/25+5/26 (The Source)
  • Breaking: It’s Hot (KPCC)
  • Daily Carnage: Arrest Made in DUI Crash Into WeHo Police Car (WeHo News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Re: California density. The author of that article makes the same mistake I’ve been seeing lots of people make, from Felix Salmon to Paul Krugman. It’s an easy mistake to make because it’s hard to understand how every part of a city could get denser with the result that weighted density goes down. So, an example.

    Consider a metro with three areas: a 100 sq mile core with 500,000 people, 300 sq miles of old pattern suburbs with 900,000 people, and 1000 sq miles of sprawlsville with 1,000,000 people. Density is 1714/sm and weighted density is 2583/sm.

    By the next census, the core has increased to 101 sq mile (because zoning/permitting makes it hard to expand) and 515,100 people. The old pattern suburbs have increased to 315 sq miles and 976,500 people. Sprawlsville has increased to 1200 sq miles and 1,260,000 people. Density is 1965/sm and weighted density is 2536/sm.

    Note that every zone (core, suburb, sprawlsville) got denser and overall city density went up, but weighted density still went down. So, no, contrary to what CD-PR says, density is not going down in the Antelope Valley. It is going up. It is going up everywhere in LA. But in absolute terms, more people are being added to the places that weren’t as dense to begin with, so weighted density goes down.

  • Erik Griswold

    $950 million to extend a Light Rail line that will run mostly parallel to an exisiting commuter rail line (which is already the busiest Metrolink operation and can operate at 20-minute headways).

    And raised from a tax (both R and extension J) that was rallied against by the various city councils of the SGV, including Pedroza’s on Pedroza’s initiative, due to their proximity to “lower-tax” San Bernardino and Orange Counties. Said rallying having more than likely prevented the two-thirds needed vote (See the numbers in both votes from the SGV excpt Pomona).

    What planet are these politicians from?