Readers React: If Boston can survive the Big Dig, Beverly Hills can live with the Purple Line extension

Construction of the Metro Purple Line subway extension takes place at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in 2016.
( Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: For those concerned about Metro’s Purple Line alignment, which necessitates tunneling under Beverly Hills High School, I recommend David Macaulay’s “Underground.” This book beautifully illustrates the infrastructure typically needed to support great cities.

As a transplanted New Englander who experienced firsthand the disruptions of Boston’s 10-year Big Dig, I can attest to the fact that going about one’s daily life in and around a tunneling project is definitely survivable.

I wonder whether those who oppose this project have thought about the benefits of reducing traffic (and automobile emissions) within Century City and on Olympic, Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards — the roadways that surround Beverly Hills High School.

My suggestion for students and school district administrators who have no clue how a subway system makes it easier to get around in a traffic-clogged city: Take a field trip to Boston or New York.


Janice Blake, Manhattan Beach

Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion and Facebook