Today’s Headlines

  • Capping the 60 Freeway Cap Would Re-Join East L.A.’s Split Belvedere Park (Eastsider)
  • Bike and Walk Critical in Upcoming L.A. City Elections (LAT)
  • Westwood Blvd ‘Great Street’ Should Include Bike Lanes (HuffPo)
  • Additional Crosswalks Suggested For Next Phase of Colorado Blvd Livability (Walk Eagle Rock)
  • A Culture Shift Needed to Affirm Car-Free Angelenos (Medium.com)
  • More On Metro’s Purple Line Extension Subway Groundbreaking:
    The Summary (Curbed)
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know Details  (The Source)
  • Sam Hall Kaplan Critiques L.A. Planning and Development (The Planning Report)
  • Election Spin: Santa Monica’s Influence Beyond City Borders (Santa Monica Next)
  • Replacing Stop Signs With Stop Lights To Keep Buses Moving (SB SF)
  • Can You Name Eight of Your Neighbors? Dave Runyon on Strong Towns podcast

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  • davistrain

    The article about “Culture shift’ for “Car-free Anglenos” reminded me of my first wife. She considered that any adult who didn’t drive enjoyed being “dependent”; she first bought a car when she was a teenager (back when you could buy a usable car for $100 or so). The local bus line wasn’t that convenient, and she got tired of dealing with bus passengers who pestered young women. Even today, with the rise of environmental consciousness, many Americans think that “normal people” drive cars. To them buses are “loser cruisers” and bicycles are for the spandex-clad bike freaks (once known as “Lance Armstrong wannabes”), Mormon missionaries and impoverished immigrants. There are less than half a dozen metro areas where not having a car (or SUV, pickup or minivan) makes a person an object of pity (New York, San Francisco, Boston, DC, Chicago and maybe Philadelphia come to mind). One dividing line in the “car-free” contingent: People who will rent a car or truck when special situation arise, and people who don’t have a driver’s license and never touch a steering wheel.