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Old Posted Jan 11, 2022, 4:39 AM
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Originally Posted by hipster duck View Post
I'm not sure what the future holds for LA, but the "cheapest" way to add growth without having to spend a fortune on infrastructure seems to be to further densify the already densest areas of downtown LA + Westlake + Koreatown into a proper walking city.

This is obviously politically contentious, because to become a walking city you have to actually remove traffic lanes, and somehow convince Angelenos that you are going to double or even triple the density along a road like Wilshire boulevard while simulatenously removing a lane of traffic in each direction and giving it over to either enhanced public transit, or enhanced active transport. But LA desperately needs to hand over space to much more efficient forms of mobility if it can grow.
While obiously not on the scale you are talking about, some street space in critical areas is being carved out from car traffic.

Per Streetsblog LA, 2021 saw the following new bus-only lanes open:
  • 1.2 miles two-ways on Alvarado Street in Westlake/MacArthur Park
  • 1.3 miles one-way on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A.
  • 1 mile one-way on Olive Street in downtown L.A.
  • New bus lane red pavement markings in West L.A. and downtown L.A.
  • Also in 2021, Culver City installed 1.3 miles of two-way bus lanes as part of its MOVE Culver City project, which also included pedestrian and cyclist improvements.
Click the link for additional links to the listed projects.

Clearly we need more, but it's a start.

Last edited by craigs; Jan 11, 2022 at 5:45 AM.
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