Here's the best news article of 2017 so far.
lauren Herstik's NYTimes story on Los Angeles, "A City Famous for Sprawl Chooses to Fill in the Gaps," has at least these five reasons to make it my choice for the best story of the year, so far.
Number 5. "A pedestrian culture."
LA officials and Herstik understand that 21st century cities have walkable neighborhoods, with mixed zoning (housing, office, shops all together, often in the same building)
Number 4. Tax increase for mass transit.
This is how light rail will be funded to serve a city for the rest of the century.
Number 3. Fill in the gaps
"Anything near a transit stop will become viable and attractive" says realtor Nelson Rising. "I see a series of many urban centers along the transportation corridors." Yes Yes Yes
Number 2 A Mayor's Vision
Mayor Garcetti says, "These are moments to inspire and connect. We should seize that moment." He understands this is a history-making pivotal point in time for cities in this century. He even is thinking about a "starchitect" to redesign the city, just like Daniel Burnham did with Chicago 100 years ago. Burnham said, "Make no small plans." Garcetti gets it.
Number 1 "Car was king."
This is the first article we have seen where the reporter refers to the automobile's dominance in the past tense.
You will see more writers saying it from now on. But Herstik is the first. She writes about Mayor Garcetti,"He hopes....to engage Angelenos at street level in a way the city never had to when the car was king."
Nice job Ms. Herstik (pictured)