Friday, June 27, 2008
"Nobody Walks in Los Angeles"....because they can't!!!
Apparently the author fails to make the connection between the lack of ability to walk and use mass transit with a lack of desire to do so. Los Angeles, like most of the sunbelt, developed around the car. It does not have some special car-oriented focus that cities in Texas, Georgia, Florida, etc. don't have. The argument that transit won't work because people in L.A. don't walk is ridiculously short-sighted. People in L.A. don't walk because it is difficult, if not impossible, to do so. The same can be said for much of Atlanta, although the increased density in places like Midtown and Buckhead is making a walkable lifestyle possible. Give people the ability and option to walk, and they will do so.