So, some guy in Austin with a helluva lotta free time did some math on something called weighted density, and came up with the Five Densest Cities in America. Los Angeles came in at #3. Only New York and San Francisco have us beat.
Again… L.A. is the THIRD DENSEST CITY. In America.
In reporting the rankings, Environmental Graffiti had this to say:
The third-densest city in America bucks its reputation. Long the poster child for urban sprawl, the reality of L.A. is simply that it’s that big– density EVERYWHERE doesn’t make a city any less (or more) sustainably developed. The difference between Los Angeles and the rest of the citizenry on this list is that L.A. has far more commuters on the road and not using mass transit.
Mass transit… mass transit… I’m sure I’ve heard that term before. But, what does it mean? Where do we get one?
By the way, Metro Board Chair Pam O’Connor will take “live” calls from 8-9 p.m. tonight from “viewers” on a public access cable television show broadcast on both City of Los Angeles Channel 36 and CityTV Channel 16 in Santa Monica. If you happen to get through to Pammy, ask her why their future map doesn’t look more like this. Tell her that Metro needs to get out the crayons, and get back to work. Tell her you want a real map.
Then, take the train to the nearest bar and buy yourself a drink for being a pretty good citizen. You deserve it, friend.
Photo from andropolis’ photostream