^I have been there many times, actually. I guess I"m not seeing what you're seeing.mohammed wong said:I used to slam LA, but I trully believe YOU CANT SLAM an area unless you have lived there. LA is very urban, its just more spread out urban, but you have to check it out yourself, LA is not an obvious city that you get right away, I would hardly call it sprawled in the modern sense. The density will continue to increase. NOpe its easy and ignorant to slam LA, and I am saying this as a chicagoan. Its wrong to slam LA, its a freakin awesome place.
Are californians too overboard with their love fot their city? Yes, sometimes, I was too when I was there, and I really miss it there and hope to have a place there some day.
I like LA's new mayor, and I like the new efforts and I am fully aware that there is a hurricane of new construction going on. Somehow, though, I think LA is catching the "urban" boat too late. Cheap labor, cheap materials, and a very pro-transit environment 100 years ago is what allowed Chicago, NY, Boston, SF etc develop the way they did. Cities like those did not completely dismantle their transit systems, and now they simply need to create infill on already established urban corridors.
With what was once perhaps the largest transit system in the US, LA threw away most of its transit infrastructure and replaced it with highways. Even with its current intentions of reversing this trend, VERY high costs of materials and labor are going to make a major revision of the cityscape nearly impossible. Add to that the fact that the world oil supply will reach a critical shortage fairly soon, thus mass-construction will certainly slow down to a near-halt within our lifetimes. I hate to say it, but I totally disagree with your viewpoints on this