CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1990
In his op-ed article "Transit Options Must Deal With Real World" (Feb. 26), Bruce Nestande said that Orange County can't have fixed-corridor mass transit because its density is too low. His only suggestions are to improve the bus system and create more commuter lanes. This is not very creative, and judging by current usage, it also won't be very successful. In reality, higher-density development is needed only at the destination point for a monorail-type system to work. The origination point is unimportant: People can drive a mile to a collection point, park their cars and get on a monorail as long as it drops them off within walking distance of where they want to go. Do we have enough "density of destinations" to justify a monorail?
May 3, 2010 |
Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and maybe steer clear of soda. In recent decades, as consumption of the beverage has steadily displaced the consumption of others —particularly milk — studies have consistently linked soda consumption with weaker bones. Now scientists are trying to figure out how and why, precisely, drinking soda may affect skeletons. One theory is that a component in cola may cause bone to deteriorate; another is that people who drink soda simply drink (and eat)
July 6, 1986
Councilman Marvin Braude and Zev Yaroslavsky have qualified a ballot initiative designed to reduce density and size of new commercial structures in the city of Los Angeles. Present density is three times the buildable area of a lot. The initiative proposes that such density be reduced to 1 1/2 times. Should this initiative become law, the most gifted architects might find it impossible to design a building with adequate rental space, potential rental income and adequate provisions for parking to meet requirements of three spaces for every 1,000 square feet of building improvement.
April 6, 2008
The main obstacle that hinders Los Angeles from claiming its place beside London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore as one of the world's greatest cities is its lack of a world-class transportation system ("The Gridlock Kid," by Christopher Hawthorne, March 2). It's time to declare that the experiment with the automobile has failed and channel new funds to increase density. Density, in turn, allows walking, bicycling and more effective use of buses. We need to expand the light-rail network to make it viable.
November 1, 1987
It may have been an accidental misprint, but a statement attributed to me seriously jeopardized the political aspirations of several candidates running for City Council in Hermosa Beach. The following statement was made by the Los Angeles Times in an article printed Oct. 25. "Planning Director Michael Schubach said the council and the commission approved the higher density in all but one case." This statement is incorrect. The City Council lowered the density in all but one case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1999
Re "Higher Density Zoning," Ventura County letters, Sept. 5. Kathy Heiberg's characterization of the Sustainability Council of Ventura County as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" for advocating higher density zoning seems as unfair as it is incorrect. The Sustainability Council does not advocate higher density development but promotes sustainable solutions to contemporary problems. Given an increasing population and constraints to suburban sprawl under Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR)