Where will the Expo Line take you? Dec 9, 2010 16:39:29 GMT -8
Post by metrocenter on Dec 9, 2010 16:39:29 GMT -8
Well part of that problem is that many people in L.A. are born and raised to think that (1) density is evil, and (2) parks are expensive luxuries that attract crime. Having become so accustomed to car culture, the idea of quality urban planning does not come naturally to Angelenos like it does for people in other parts of the world.
When it comes down to it, planning a station area is simple. So simple, in fact, that it boggles the mind that we in Los Angeles so consistently get it wrong.
Neighborhood stations should not include parking. That should be most stations. Only certain stations should be designed as park-and-ride stations to accommodate regional commuters. People lucky enough to live within a mile of a station should (no offense, people) get off their fat ass and walk to the station. Everybody else should drive just a wee bit farther, to avoid trampling actual transit-oriented neighborhoods.
As for the station area, it also is very simple. A good residential transit station should include a small green park with paths leading from the entrance to the places people want to go. Surrounding this park should be a residential/retail mix that is slightly more dense than the surrounding neighborhood.
Street crime will of course will always be an issue, since to solve it we would need cops at every station and cameras everywhere. But a well-lit street that attracts lots of pedestrians is a really good place to start.
Rather than abandoning every street to the automobile, what if we were to widen the sidewalks a bit, at the expense of the roadway? And what if we actually spent just a tiny bit of money on streetlamps that light the sidewalk, rather than just the roadway? How about street trees and bike facilities, added not as an afterthought, but as an integrated feature of the street, as important as sewage drains?