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Hollywood and Mass Transit: Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It's time to celebrate the pro-environment, pro-community, good-for-the-economy and anti-gridlock reality that a positive portrayal of urban mass transit can help create.

How 30/10 Could Give Us a Reason to Give It Up for Goldman Sachs

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Dear Lloyd: I'm writing to introduce myself and to ask your help with a exciting challenge. You're a busy investment banker so I'll get right to the ask.

Writing Congress About LA's 30/10 Mass Transit and Jobs Initiative

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

What's every Angelenos favorite excuse for being late to a business meeting, lunch, or job interview? That's right, traffic. But now we have the 30/10 initiative. All it needs is our support.

A Bronx Tale About Mass Transit: Take Note, Los Angeles

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

Though I'd come to N.Y. for the Project for Public Spaces training, it was the DOT transit and public space projects and Sadik-Kahn's leadership that captured my imagination.

A Handful of Fools in Lakers' Jerseys Give LA a Bad Name

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Next year, the Lakers get a shot at tying Boston's record for most NBA title championships. When they do, I just hope that our fans comport themselves in a manner deserving of the victors and the city.

PHOTOS: 10 Cities That Are Beating The Recession

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This recession has been particularly brutal on American cities. Nearly one in five Americans are unemployed -- or can't find enough work --- housing p...

A Tea Party for 30/10

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With tax day upon us I got to thinking about all of the tea partiers making the pilgrimage to Boston to celebrate their namesakes' stand against a Bri...

9 Of The World's Best Subways (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Metros are high capacity, high frequency, urban electric transport railway systems. Also known as the subway, underground, and tube, they are disting...

Senator Boxer, 30/10 and Transit-Oriented Development in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Senator Boxer gets it and is in the bus driver's seat on the 30/10 Initiative that Move LA and The Transit Coalition are so effectively advocating for.

LA Business As Usual and A Better Place

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Returning to LA from an inspiring visit to Better Place, I wasn't ready for the now almost perennially bad news about the city's financial health. Bu...

New York City Subway Murders: 3 Men Charged In Stabbing Deaths Of Darnell Morel, Ricardo Williams

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A lawyer for a man charged with fatally stabbing two New York City subway riders says he was defending himself after a group of passe...

Getting the Masses to Ride Mass Transit in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With so many viable, desirable and thoughtful mass transit options out there let's keep plugging away on the good ones. I want more bus rapid transit and the Subway to the Sea along Wilshire.

A New Route to a Better LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Lately it does seem as though LA has turned a corner in the quest to leave behind its car-obsessed past.

Money for Mass Transit Is Precious

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Everyone's got their fantasy plan for rebuilding America after eight years of W and if you haven't guessed by now, mine's got to do with mass transit.

Rebuilding America From Ore to Assembly

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

We need to start thinking and acting differently if we want to extricate ourselves from the malaise that ails us. A public works project here in LA is an excellent start.

John Patrick Bedell's Parents of Pentagon shooter warned authorities

AP | TRACIE CONE and BROOKE DONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HOLLISTER, Calif. — The man who opened fire in front of the Pentagon had a history of mental illness and had become so erratic that his parents ...

John Patrick Bedell ID'd As Pentagon Shooting Suspect

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Scroll down for earlier reports about the Pentagon shooting ------- Friday, 6:50 AM ET -- Official: Pentagon shooter was well armed. WASHINGTON (Ass...

Preaching to the Choir: Metro and 30/10 Revisited

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With a tip of my Metro cap to Bob Dylan for his special telling of the sacrifice of Isaac, over the weekend I took a virtual drive out on Highway 61. ...

Public Space = Public Health

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In a city with many neighborhoods starved for public space, CicLAvia promotes a creative way to make over LA for a few hours a week by converting city streets to pedestrian thoroughfares.

Moving LA: There's a Train a Comin'

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Now we actually have to build the dozen train lines and other transit improvements that Measure R transit funds are earmarked for. And perhaps most importantly, we have to accelerate the process.

I'll Have a BRT With the Sepulveda Pass

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Every time I go over that damn Pass there's something missing for me. And that something is a light rail line running up the center divide of the freeway.

How Haiti, Scott Brown and the Underwear Bomber Can Move Us to Action Rather Than Gloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Brown's victory is not the end of civilization as we know it but it should inspire all Americans to take a careful look at what they've done in rejecting Hope for No.

Debunking The Heroin Craze

nypress.com | Matt Harvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

HE WEARS A black hoodie to protect himself from the cold rain. The baby-faced guy is Dominican, probably in his early twenties. He rushes by me at the...

Take the (A) Train -- Your Name Here on Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Why aren't we asking the business and philanthropic community to help do their part by offering to pick up the tab on Metro station construction?

Metro Sells Off US Newspaper Business To Former CEO

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

STOCKHOLM — Swedish newspaper group Metro International S.A. said Monday it has agreed to sell its loss-making U.S. papers, with a combined circ...