When I came to Los Angeles more than a decade go, I found a city of great natural beauty and warmth. Friendly people, a sprawling metropolis and the creative freedom it allowed convinced me that I had at last found 'my "real" home. However, in the past several years, a feeling of seeing potential greatness slip away indicates that some important parts of L. A.'s maturation have not happened.
Several recent items point to a consistent problem. The light rail system continues meandering through the Twilight Zone with plans for lines which would not go where they are needed to truly serve its users. Also, arguments for a subway system downtown continue, despite the very concept of riding in a dark underground corridor seems strange to rational people. Articles and pictures of the horrors which New York City's subways have become should convince (us) that the same fate is not an intelligent decision for Los Angeles.
A monorail system would be a more reasonable means of transportation. But every time a monorail is considered, it is shot down by "downtown merchants who objected."
Likewise, when people cite the advantages of converting our city streets into efficient, smooth-flowing transportation corridors using one-way streets, similar mention is made of the objections of "downtown interests."