Today’s poll are two of the most popular suggestions in my original call…
Its a disappointing admission that a city as diverse as Los Angeles is also plagued with segregation. But while the idea of seperate black, Latino, and Asian communities is well accepted, what may be surprising, albeit obvious, is that its white communities that are the most overwhelmingly segregated of all.
African Americans, according to 2000 census data, make up only 1.93 percent of the population of Bel Air; 1.77 percent of Beverly Hills; 2.48 percent of Brentwood; 3.09 percent of West Hollywood; 1 percent of the Pacific Palisades; and do not even register a hundredth of a percent in Westwood. [New America Media]
Fortunately, onramp traffic meters don’t pay attention to skin color, just that L.A. drivers recognize when their lights are red or green. Designed to help keep cars from piling onto freeways, the traffic meters are usually inconvenience drivers with a short wait before the light goes green and they can proceed to merge with bumper to bumper traffic. All too often, however, being stopped midway through an onramp, requires vehicles to gun their engines to get up to speed with traffic. Worse, the metered lights can result in a backup that stretches down into surface streets, even when freeway traffic is non-existent. Unfortunately, this may be required based on the sad fact that, unlike other part of the country, Angelenos simply don’t simply use courtesy allowing cars to merge, and keep the far right lane open except for exiting and entering.
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Poll closes April 9th.