If Metro Rail is dead, as Waxman says, then it is a sad day for Los Angeles, for it means that one of the great cities of the world--a city growing not like other cities in the United States, but mushrooming explosively into the future, is doomed to become another Calcutta, choked and strangled by its own masses of people who are unable to move beyond a snail's pace from home to work and back.
Ultimately business and industry will choose to avoid the entire Los Angeles area like the plague because high quality employees willing to put up with the traffic mess will be hard to find. With the exodus of high-tech and creative industry, one vital pillar of the community will be lost. Unemployment will rise and the city in general will decline.
SAMUEL G. PLATTS