L.A. is Poor – But Immigration is Enriching

The Los Angeles 2020 Commission, convened by City Council president Herb Wesson, had some disturbing findings about the city. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the panel found that “Los Angeles is a city in decline, strangled by traffic, weighted down by poverty and suffering from ‘a crisis of leadership and direction.’”

To Los Angeles’ Great Relief, Carmageddon is a Bust

Carmageddon is this decade’s Y-2K. When the year 2000 approached dire predictions were made about the nation’s fate. Fear mongers predicted total paralysis for air traffic, business systems and banking records. On December 31, 1999 the nation held its breath. But on the morning of January 1, 2000 everyone wondered what all the fuss had been about.

Get Ready: Here Comes Carmageddon!

Growing up in Southern California during the 1950s (Los Angeles:  population about 2 million; state population, 11 million), part of our family routine included the Sunday night drive. Sometimes we would set off to the north toward the San Fernando Valley, at the time mostly orange groves but now strip malls and tract housing. Other evenings, we’d head west toward the Pacific Ocean to watch the sunset.

Traffic Congestion Costs Lives, Billions of Dollars in Public Health Costs

Maria FotopoulosAs I read a new study, “The Public Health Costs of Congestion/A Health Risk Assessment,” from The Harvard Center for R

Thoughts on the Greek Madness

Anyone who has lived in Greece can see why the question of default or a "haircut" is not a matter of if, but when. It is a wonder that crazy things have lasted as long as they have there.

Megabus a Step in the Right Direction for Reducing Carbon Emissions

Environmentalists have long fought for sensible mass transportation to get gas-guzzling vehicles off the highway. Efficient bus and rail service allows people to commute more efficiently and economically.

Quality of Life and Overpopulation

On any given day in Los Angeles, entering the roadways is an exercise in risking one’s life and testing the limits of one’s patience, whether driving or walking. Maybe some just accept that as “a given” since L.A., with 4 million people now, is the most populated city in California. But when we moved to L.A. some 20 years ago from the East Coast (where drivers were dreadful from my vantage point – a transplant from Oklahoma and civil driving), one of the first things I noticed was how much nicer the drivers were here versus my New Jersey-Connecticut-New York experience. As the years have passed, that’s certainly no longer true; driver courtesy has devolved markedly in my experience. So my initial observation is now but history of a kinder, gentler California (I can only imagine what people who lived here in the 50s and 60s think of the changed landscape).

Part 9: What Constitutes Overpopulation in America?

Gridlocked traffic in our cities, 35,000 roadway deaths annually, 6,000 pedestrian deaths, tens of thousands of pedestrian injuries

Another Sign of California Decline: Miles of Bad Road

For the past few years whenever having to venture out onto Los Angeles area roads, I return home complaining about how bad the roads are—except  for Santa Monica which seems to repave its roads even when it appears unnecessary. This week, now everyone knows how bad L.A. roads are.