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To Become 21st Century City, Los Angeles Plan Aims To Curb Car Culture


To Become 21st Century City, Los Angeles Plan Aims To Curb Car Culture

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Marking a major departure for a city known for its over-reliance on cars, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday evening approved a 20-year transportation plan that aims to encourage walking, biking, and public transit over automobiles.

"The car capital of America is officially changing its tune," wrote LA Weekly.


Did the planners take into account the fact that the fuel used by cars is obtained from an irreplaceable natural resource, oil, that is will become beyond reach of extraction capabilities. It can logically be expected that car usage will decrease markedly within a few years and any rational plan for the future would take that factor into account. It would be unwise to wait until price hikes for fuel causes the drop off in car usage.Including that factor in the plan would encourage citizens to adopt remedial measures.


It has got to be done. It is inconceivable that a traffic system and lifestyle that LA has grown would be sustainable. In this LA is not alone. I would hazard that any city that was built after the adoption of the automobile will have some degree of the difficulties that LA suffers.


LA is indeed not alone on the congested west coast, however, LA’s relatively wide open topography will continue to make it easier for LA to have an easier time than most other large west coast cities building new transportation infrastructure. Except for cities in California’s Central Valley, west coast cities’ topography is an infrastructure construction nightmare.


If the photograph of that L. A. traffic jam is any indication, it’s’ going to be rather tough to change L. A.'s car culture, due to the fact that it’s so deeply entrenched into that city.

L. A. has never had any kind of decent public transportation system, plus it’s so spread out, both of which are huge parts of the problem.


As a citizen of Seattle I am well aware of this but with a few major exceptions most of the development has followed the paths the farm lands have laid. Not so good for agriculture to pave the most useful cropland but fine for expansion.