One can get anywhere in Los Angeles in 20 minutes. This is as true a statement as any that can be said about the City of Angels. Any amendment to this rule will dramatically hinder one's progress. The 20-minute rule comes with a caveat or two.
I'm 22 years old and new to New York. I moved here from L.A. 53 days ago. During this time, I have fallen truly, madly and deeply in love with the New York City Subway. When we're on the New York City Subway, everyone will be together. For better or for worse, in sickness and in health.
Los Angeles is one of the most populated cities in the nation. It's a city of 12 million plus vehicles and, at times, it can feel like all 12 million are trying to get to the same place at the same time. In fact, across the country, Los Angeles has become synonymous with gridlock.
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Measure J would usher in this new era with a bang, making L.A. County more healthy, prosperous and sustainable, with cleaner air, in about a decade, by constructing seven transit lines and eight highway improvement projects.
It's not instinctual for us in Los Angeles to take the bus when we have cars. But imagine not fighting for parking at the Staples Center, or not waiting for 20 minutes to get out of the parking lot, or record time getting downtown in rush hour?
As an architect, I spend my days zooming from home to home on the windblown highways of Rayner Banham's Autopia. If there is one thing I've learned from life in the fast lane, it's that building more car lanes only brings more cars.