I'm not one who thinks stadiums are the best sparkplug to ignite the economy of downtown. But that a stadium, along with the restaurants in South Park and the new Broad Museum, will make downtown more happening is without question.
Wander a block or two beyond the restaurants, Internet cafes, and shops that line the waterfront in Ayvalik, Turkey, and one sees countless empty stone buildings, the former homes and shops of Greek residents.
My latest epiphany concerns the feasibility of using union and public pension fund money to fund LA's overdue public transportation projects. Let's face it, after the midterm election we're in a new world.
Prone as we are in LA to earthquakes, fires, floods, civil unrest and terrorism, there are many risks associated with life in the big city. Tunneling under a small portion of Beverly Hills is not one of them.
While it is unfortunate that the Beverly Hills City Council has now come out against the Constellation station location, we should remember that this was once a community that opposed the very idea of a subway.
Now that New Jersey has decided to nix the construction of a train tunnel, LA Metro should be redoubling its efforts to secure the $3 billion in federal transportation money that this leaves on the table.
The City of LA recognized in CicLAvia an opportunity to give Angelenos a taste of what LA can be like, at least for a bit, without cars. It will temporarily turn the streets over to those who deserve them the most. Us.