FEIR Process - CRENSHAW Light Rail Jun 2, 2011 15:08:34 GMT -8
Post by James Fujita on Jun 2, 2011 15:08:34 GMT -8
Trains entered Little Tokyo underground and came up to the surface. It wasn't that terrible as long as we assume drivers know to stop at red lights.
There was one very early version of the Regional Connector which would have skirted Little Tokyo, would have been at-grade and would have put a station divided onto two streets, northbound and southbound like the Downtown Streetcar, near or adjacent Little Tokyo.
Thank the FSM that idea was scrapped quickly.
There undoubtedly were some Little Tokyo residents who wanted the project killed, just as there are undoubtedly some Crenshaw residents who don't want trains in their neighborhood.
IMHO, the Little Tokyo process was very messy, but a wise man once said, that's democracy or words to that effect. Metro complicated matters by putting a fictional, nonexistant building in some illustrations (in addition to the Nikkei Center, which people were okay with), across the street from JANM. That was a very stupid move because I think people saw that as out of character for the neighborhood.
By comparison, the Lemiert Park situation seems to be much less complicated. Build a station or don't. Underground or not. There will still be underground in the current plan.
And Crenshaw, physically speaking, is not Little Tokyo. It is a different sort of neighborhood, a different situation (no wye), and it is an odd comparison. The situation seems very different to me.