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by Katie Pearce
I was trying to leave a comment on LA times but since it will not let me log in, I will leave it hear. I was reading comments from people that were complaining about the new stop in Palmdale instead of a more direct route to Bakersfield. The more direct route is almost all mountainous and the Palmdale route would have close to the same amount between San Fernando Valley and Bakersfield but would actually be a great split for a HSR train to Las Vegas. The Bakersfield to Las Vegas or a different LA to Vegas route would have additional mountains to cross as the Palmdale to Vegas route would only have one more range besides the Palmdale to San Fernando Valley. The proposed 15 mile tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains would be use for both LA to SF, LA to Vegas routes and those coming from the Bay area could transfer in Palmdale to Vegas instead of LA.
Fun fact. The interstate highways already are socialistic, i.e., “characterized by social ownership of the means of production [N.B. this includes infrastructure, tools, factories, natural resources, and raw materials] and co-operative management.” Sounds like the interstate system to me!
“Street designers seem to be asking themselves, "How can I make it less unpleasant for pedestrians to interact with cars on this street"?, when what they should be asking themselves is "Is there a need for us to have cars on this street at all?"”
– Joe B
In response to "Shared Space: The Case for a Little Healthy Chaos on City Streets"