I recommend three policies. First, charge the right price for curb parking, by which I mean the lowest price that will leave one or two spaces open on every block, so no one has to cruise for parking. Second, spend the meter revenue to pay for added public services on the metered streets, so residents and merchants can see the meter money at work for them. Third, remove the minimum off-street parking requirements.
Some of the key observations of the report are: Los Angels ranks third out of four U.S. major cities for public transport use. Only 20% use public transport while 74% rely on private transport. Residents of L.A. consume less electricity per person than in the other U.S. cities and wealthier global cities. Electricity in L.A. is some of the greenest in the world. Air quality in L.A. is the worst amongst U.S. cities, but better than in international megacities.
I think we should integrate nature and natural processing in the cities through environmental engineering. We understand that the city has a metabolism and we can make urban environment even effectively functioning machine. We need to let biology and natural function come into the city. By this I mean not exporting waste but composting it in our neighborhoods, and not expecting that all of our food is grown somewhere out there while we go collect it at Whole Foods. We should see farms in urban context. Perhaps with composting right next to it.
First of all, I think we are lucky to have both global cities in one state. One is the global capital of technology, and the other is the global capital of entertainment. The difference between the two is scale. People, for some reason, compare the two spaces but use different geographies. The city of Los Angeles is over 473 square miles, with 4 million people in the city, 11 million in the county and 20 million in the region. Whereas the city/county of San Francisco is 50 square miles with 825,000 people in a region of 7 million people. Another…