Heavy Impact of Light Rail

By Mark Ridley-Thomas in the Los Angeles Business Journal:

A light-rail line, when built carefully to fit its surroundings, can create a corridor for high-value commercial and residential development.

But a train rumbling through busy intersections in front of shops, homes and schools can also condemn a community to permanent second-class status.

The Expo Line, now being constructed to eventually run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, is already alarming residents and business owners in both South-Central and the Westside.

That’s because the light-rail line’s planning methods call for trains to run at street level through busy intersections, including the neighborhoods surrounding Dorsey High School and the Westside Pavilion shopping mall.

Read the entire Op-Ed