How to Imagine a Los Angeles Without Traffic

The City Has the Solutions to Congestion, Pollution, and Accidents—We Just Need to Use Them

For the last century, Los Angeles has been expanding its road space far beyond almost any major metropolitan area in history. We have built freeways and roads and parking lots and parking garages. The size of this investment would have been more than enough to create a highly effective urban transportation system.

Instead, Los Angeles is known as a world capital of traffic, a place of extreme mobility challenges and a pollution-choked smog-burger. Low-income communities bear much of the burden of our failures—in worse access to jobs and opportunities, more severe …

Don’t Be Ashamed to Admit It: You Miss California Traffic | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Don’t Be Ashamed to Admit It: You Miss California Traffic

The Commute May Be Lousy, but Gridlock Is Also Good for Us

Admit it. You miss me, don’t you?

No? OK, maybe you’re not ready to recognize how much you need me. I understand.

I know you’ve never liked me, and for that I’ve …

Why Building More Freeways Makes Traffic Worse, Not Better

To Ease L.A. Gridlock, We Need Improved Mass Transit and Smart Urban Planning

In 1865, British economist William Stanley Jevons wrote an influential essay entitled “The Coal Question.” Today his insights are interesting to me not as they relate to coal, but rather …

The Car Is Not Dead

But the Car of the Future Is Something Entirely Different—and Only One of Many Ways We’ll Be Getting Around

Don’t sell your car just yet—but be prepared to get to where you’re going in a lot of different ways. This was the conclusion of a discussion about car culture …

LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds

Hardly Ever Stuck in Traffic—But When She Is, She Sings

Before becoming general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in 2014, Seleta Reynolds was a manager in in the livable streets sub-division at the San Francisco Municipal …

FAST Executive Director Hilary Norton

How Lucky We Are to Live in a City Like This

Hilary Norton is the executive director of Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST). Before participating in a panel on the future of traffic in L.A., she talked the Vatican, her …