Many people, including those at the MTA, seem to think that native landscaping is a small cosmetic issue. It is not. Like recycling, landscaping with native plants is at the heart of sustainable living and nature conservation.
How was the Bruce Springsteen show? Probably the best I have ever seen. While that's no understatement, the real show in L.A. opened this morning at 5 am when the Expo Line started running between downtown and La Cienega Blvd.
It is not enough to simply thread the Expo Line through existing communities and hope that people will use it. Instead, we need to support the rail line with new zoning ordinances that encourage communities of density and diversity.
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.
No self-respecting American of any political persuasion can look at China's success with high-speed rail and rail travel generally without crying over how far we are from what the Chinese have achieved.
With the financial markets gyrating and Tim Geithner talking again about the need for more economic stimulus, I'm finding it hard not to holler, "It's about investing in public transportation, stupid!"