Metro trying vendor marketplace at Westlake/MacArthur Park station

The Macarthur Park street market will run as a year-long pilot program and could be expanded if it is successful. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the program will increase accessibility and safety at the station and eliminate vendors who don’t have permits. Lisa Schweitzer, a University of Southern California urban planning professor,…

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

This episode features a discussion of David Ulin’s Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Ulin’s long essay/memoir is a meditation on moving through and defining his relationship with the sprawling diversity that is the City of Angels. The book begins with an essay on how walking can be a way to discover the city (any city or town) through serendipity.

How L.A. can improve its return on our multibillion-dollar transit investment

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Marlon Boarnet and Gary Painter discuss ways for Los Angeles to improve its investment in transit. L.A. Metro can — and should — be much more than a people mover. Armed with the power to capture the value its growth is creating, it could recycle taxpayer-funded rail transit into a force…