KCRW’s Marc Porter Zasada has a Huffington Post wish for the 10’s. In the next decade, he would like to see Los Angeles become more of a city. A real city. To…
try to cease being a collection of freeways and malls, a sprawl of half-imagined neighborhoods, or a loosely-shuffled deck of cluttered boulevards and cultural icons.
I want to find it harder and harder to get around in a car, and easier and easier to get around on foot.
Give it a read. It is not by any means a slam on our city. Nor is it the cliché “we should be more like New York” nonsense. It is a wish that many of us have expressed to one another at a bar or restaurant, just minutes before getting back into our metal cocoons on the 405.
Just yesterday, Blogdowntown reflected on a bygone tradition of half a million people crowding Broadway to ring in the New Year. What happened to that? What happened to the thousands of Angelenos that descended on Pershing Square for the lighting of a singular Christmas tree? Or the crowds of proud citizens who would take a streetcar to witness the groundbreaking of… anything?
Zasada issues a challenge to L.A.’s wealthiest citizens to help this city “evolve into a coherent metropolis.”
Perhaps they could start with finding a Mayor who will stay in town long enough to do the job.
Los Angeles can be better. It should be better. And we should get to work immediately.
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