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.