New light rail and subway lines completed in less than a decade! Fewer clogged freeways! And free transit “forever and ever.”What could possibly bring about this magical transformation of Los Angeles’ notoriously awful transportation system?Congestion pricing.
The landlord lobby fighting Prop 10 says that rent control is a disincentive to new housing and that only more market-rate construction brings rents down. Research and history say otherwise.
There is good evidence that new parks built in low-income communities around the country have contributed to displacing the very residents they were intended to serve.
Cagey flippers have discovered a way around California's foreclosure rules, and are forcing tenants in affordable, and even rent-stabilized, housing onto the streets.
L.A.'s taxi industry discriminates against black riders. If we don't force them to change, they won't
When it comes to timeliness, technology and — most troublingly — racial discrimination, taxis lag significantly behind their flashy new ride-hailing competitors.
Cars are running over people left and right. So why is LAPD targeting pedestrians and not motorists?
LAPD officers target pedestrians for tickets but rarely react when motorists violate traffic laws right in front of them. And I have the data to prove it.
Koreatown needs a homeless shelter. It also needs city officials to learn from the mistakes of the past
More and more Koreatown residents need access to homeless services. The city's plan to build a shelter is an opportunity to help — if the effort is carried out transparently.
Since 1994, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act has stripped away one of the most powerful tools to stop the escalating housing crisis: rent control
It's easy for L.A.'s leaders to be tough on the gun lobby. Let's see them try standing up for road diets
L.A.'s leaders are asking red state politicians to stand up to their constituents in the name of public safety. They should have the courage to do the same.
Distracted driving killed 3,500 people in 2015. Our enforcement and fines don't reflect the seriousness of the problem.
Limiting huge swaths of L.A. to single-family homes has not only contributed to soaring housing costs, it has created profound racial and class segregation.
Homelessness cannot be an issue defined by loudmouthed residents, politicians and ignoramuses. If good people stay quiet, nothing will change.
California eviction law is pushing working families out of their neighborhoods or worse — onto the streets
The law allows landlords to hit tenants with repeated waves of trumped-up lawsuits — even when tenants are fully following the obligations of their lease.
Mayor Eric Garcetti's "Resilient Los Angeles" plan calls for using only 50% imported water by 2035. L.A. can do better.
"Right to Remain" would allow families whose buildings are slated for redevelopment to move back in upon completion — at the same rent as before.
As we remake the Los Angeles River once again, we ought to allow the river to re-make us, too — into a more equitable city.
L.A.'s dwindling transit ridership isn't hard to fix. Make riding the bus cheaper and more convenient
The transportation authority should stop focusing primarily on building new rail and use a fair share of its voter-supplied wealth to lower fares and improve the bus system.
Angelenos are dying while angry motorists are torching L.A.'s street safety plans. Where is Mayor Garcetti?
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn't have a spine when it comes to street safety. Will Angelenos force him to grow one?
Hey, Manhattan Beach, preventing pedestrian deaths is more important than your speedy morning commute
If you believe the hysteria, families are being torn apart, livelihoods threatened and businesses in danger of collapse. All because of a little traffic.
Demanding precious water for an outdated, offline reservoir is the ultimate version of complaining about the neighbor's dead lawn.
Law-enforcement officials, busy with other priorities, rarely commit to sustained campaigns to bust theft rings or even pursue arrests.
Measure S was not the answer to L.A.'s housing crisis, but neither is returning to business as usual
With the Measure S vote behind us, it's time to devise a more effective strategy for inclusive growth in Los Angeles.
Metro is spending billions of your tax dollars to build L.A. a world class transit system. Don't let them blow it
This past November, Los Angeles County voters overwhelmingly passed Measure M — gifting Metro, the county’s transit authority, $120 billion over the next 40
Two and a half years ago, my brother Daren died as a result of his struggles with homelessness and schizophrenia. Criminalized for his mental illness for most
Each weeknight, a non-denominational group of Angelinos I’m a member of called the Monday Night Mission meets to hand out peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches to
There's only one way to fix L.A.'s traffic, and it isn't Elon Musk's tunnels. We need tolls — lots of them
There's only one way to fix L.A.'s traffic, and it isn't Elon Musk's tunnels. We need tolls — lots of them
We’re consistently late for work by 10 or 15 minutes. For a train line that carries 78,000 riders every day, this is no small deal.
I lived in a truck for 6½ years. Trust me, trying to roust homeless from their vehicles is no solution
The recent crackdown in Los Angeles on people living in their cars and recreational vehicles got me remembering what it was like to be homeless. I lived out of
E-bikes may be the greenest form of transportation in human history. Why aren't cities taking advantage?
The bane of my bike commute in Calgary, Canada is the river valley hill. It’s not particularly steep, but at about a mile long I rarely ascend without arriving
Los Angeles tends to define itself — or at least to discover its public nature — when it takes to the streets. Such a discovery occurred, again, on Saturday, at
You’ve seen the cranes over Hollywood. You’ve read the stories about new development downtown. If these neighborhoods’ changes are any indication of growth
My new year’s resolution this year is as simple as it is sad: Get a dashboard camera for my car. Once I get the car back from the body shop, that is.
The wolves are back! California now has a well-established wild wolf population. “Hurray!” Californians cheer. Or at least the Californians in the big urban and
The 52 square blocks that make up Skid Row are not the sort of thing you see in blown-up photographs by the baggage claim at LAX. When the Lakers play on
Los Angeles has the well-deserved reputation as one the worst metropolitan regions in the country when it comes to parks and public space. L.A. ranks 65th among
I had no intention of driving away without leaving a note, but I’d be lying if I said the thought hadn’t occurred to me.
Solving the housing crisis in the most desirable cities in the United States demands accommodating a range of housing options.
There are other ways for municipalities to encourage cycling while their infrastructure catches up. Cities are demonstrating that changing the rules in favor of cyclists can make roads safer.
the five year drought continues with Los Angeles receiving less than 39 inches of rain over that time period: less than 8 inches annually.
Dangerous streets are the leading cause of death of our children. It’s time to finally make L.A. walkable
Children walking to school and the elderly account for 30% of all people killed or severely injured in pedestrian or bicycle-related accidents.
There is no place in the country better positioned to use transit to its advantage than Los Angeles County. With the upcoming ballot measure that would increase
While zoning is a perfectly fine strategy to map new suburban cul-de-sac subdivisions and to stop growth, it backfires when we try to use it to guide the future of an evolving, dynamic city.
While marijuana doesn’t cause homelessness, it is having an impact on homeless services in places that were among the first to legalize the drug.
There are quick and cost effective steps that we can take to improve the Orange Line busway today — steps that could render its eventual conversion to rail unnecessary.
A 20-permit limit on actors dressed as movie characters on Hollywood Boulevard is a mistake and unconstitutional. The police just need to enforce existing law.
In John Forester’s paradigm, cyclists shouldn’t cower in the gutters, but should be afforded equal treatment by operators of motor vehicles — and the law.
Could driverless cars and the Hyperloop make L.A.'s multibillion-dollar transportation plan obsolete?
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has to plan for changes in technology and mobility
Brown's affordability fix is fine. But California needs all the housing it can get — including in its suburbs
California needs a huge amount of new housing to curb what has become an epic housing affordability crisis in the Golden State – one that’s particularly acute in and around Los Angeles.
Downtown L.A. may be changing, but some of the city's most interesting characters still call Broadway home
Broadwasy is tet meeting place where people from all parts of Los Angeles come together, almost like a fashion show.
Iinstead of driving the first and last mile to Metro stations — and getting frustrated when we can’t find parking — wouldn’t it make more sense to just walk?
If L.A. wants to avoid summer blackouts and another Aliso Canyon, we need to reinvent our energy system. Here's how
The natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility was a disaster with continuing widespread repercussions. In addition to the obvious harm to public
At 12.08pm on Friday, the first train on the Expo Line extension glided out of Santa Monica's downtown station and the passengers clapped enthusiastically.
Los Angeles is celebrating Bike Month, but it might want to fix its dangerously potholed bike lanes too.
L.A.'s plastic bag problem hasn't been solved, and it may be killing some of our most beautiful sea creatures
When it comes to enacting bans on plastic bags, the reasoning sometimes sounds remote. You've probably heard of the vast soup of plastic known as the Pacific
Some Angelenos want to blame mega-developments for driving up rents in desirable neighborhoods. But rents and home prices are up everywhere in Los Angeles County. That's because it's the regional vacancy rate that matters.
Metro's light rail Gold Line expanded east in March, and in a matter of days, its Expo line will link Culver City and Santa Monica, finishing a long-sought rail
On Thursday, Los Angeles got some good news. Pershing Square, the park at the heart of a revivifying downtown, has been handed over to Agence Ter, a French
For most of the last half-century, American cities have been defined by the decisions of a select and siloed few, who have created their own agendas and imposed
One of the great things about Los Angeles is that honking is a regular and acceptable part of driving. It's how motorists communicate such vital information as
Today, in honor of Earth Day, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released the city's first annual report on its "Sustainable City pLAn" implementation. A reminder: pLAn
I am a German-American and Southern California native. While other kids watched Saturday morning cartoons, my German-born mother sent me to German school, where
My hometown, Portland, Ore., has a serious homelessness problem. Portland is often called the City of Bridges -- more than a dozen cross the Willamette and
There's been a lot of talk about which professional football team should return to Los Angeles, and which stadium proposal -- Carson or Inglewood -- is the
In recent years, Los Angeles has invested mightily in its public spaces in efforts to create a "world class city." From the loudly-hyped debut of Grand Park, to
Every Angeleno who regularly takes the 5 Freeway past downtown has glimpsed the Piggyback Yard, a sprawling 125-acre stretch of Union Pacific railroad tracks
In a very dry state, turning to the sea as a source of water for drinking, bathing and irrigation has its attractions. Desalination is drought-proof -- the
Los Angeles' landscape has changed dramatically in just the last few years, part of a demographic shift reshaping the urban cores of major American cities. And the view from afar has been shifting along with it, eastward.
I love the Olympics. I moved to Los Angeles just before the last Games were held here, in 1984. I adored the city's empty streets, the preternatural calm, the