Can More Public Transportation Solve the Housing Crisis?

As Costs Soar, the Solution to Affordable Living May Be New Transit Projects

Last year, New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer released a bleak report: between 2000 and 2012, New York’s median rent skyrocketed 75 percent. Median household income, meanwhile, decreased by 5 percent. New Yorkers now are making less money but paying more to live in the city than they were a decade ago.

These numbers are extreme, but they highlight a dangerous trend in American cities: housing is becoming increasingly difficult to afford. In many cases, high prices are disrupting longstanding city communities, and even forcing low-income residents out of their …

Are Cars Driving Into the Sunset?

How Our Love Affair with Automobiles Is Changing in the Face of Climate Change and Denser Urban Living

On a typical Saturday night in the 1970s, Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. would have been thumping with lowriders–those lacquered, richly colored sedans with chassis that could bounce up and …

Will L.A. Escape the Tyranny of the Car?

We Love Our Freedom, But We Hate Traffic. And If We Want to Be a 21st-Century City, We’ve Got Changes to Make.

Aaron Paley, native Angeleno and founder of the CicLAvia bike festival, is tired of reading the same newspaper and magazine stories over and over again proclaiming that Los Angeles is …

Metro CEO Art Leahy

He Loves L.A. for Its Aspirations

Art Leahy is CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro); he began his four-decade transit career driving a bus in L.A., where he grew up. Before participating …

L.A.’s Past and Future Railroad Heydays

Trains Built Southern California, Then Angelenos Rejected Rail. But According to Tom Zoellner and Ethan Elkind, a Comeback Is Afoot.

“Can you think of a city in the United States that was more determined by the railroad” than Los Angeles? Chapman University English scholar Tom Zoellner, author of Train, opened …

The Explosion That Stopped the Subway

Railtown

How did rail gain a foothold in a car culture city? UCLA and UC Berkeley legal, business, and environmental scholar Ethan N. Elkind used archival documents, contemporary news accounts, and …