When I left LA at the end of my undergraduate years in 1984, I thought I'd never come back. For four years I'd been trapped in the eastern suburb of Claremont with no car, no serious transit options, and often horrific smog.
But now the smog has largely cleared, the transit projects are coming on fast, the city remains a site of intense creativity, and the multi-centered urban structure really does offer the potential to create a Paris of the Pacific. I still think, as I wrote here, that Los Angeles is the next great transit metropolis of North America. I also think it has a key role to play in making sustainable transport cool, especially in the eyes of television and film audiences around the world.
Now that I've flattered everyone, I should mention that if you represent an organization that might be interested in my help -- either as a consultant or as an employee -- please get in touch today so that I can book time for us to meet this week. Use the email button under my photo -->
Meanwhile, I also have two public appearances booked, both on Thursday, November 4:
- Thursday afternoon, 2:00-3:15 pm, I'll be doing a guest lecture at UCLA. It's at the School of Public Affairs Building, room 2238, it's open to the public, and no reservation is required. I'll be doing a talk called "Transit: Freedom through Geometry." Here's the summary:
"Much of the public debate about public transit is about technology. Should we build cheap functional things or expensive sexy ones, and if the latter, which are the sexiest? Jarrett Walker proposes that we shift our focus to the underlying geometry of transit, especially when thinking about how to design transit-oriented communities. A clearer focus on transit's intrinsic geometry helps us diagnose some spectacular recent failures, and identify more reliable foundations for both transit and community planning."
(It contains a bit of my "Field Guide to Transit Quarrels" (text here, video here) but also includes some material on urban form from my RailVolution presentation last month, and some new material.)
UPDATE: You can find directions to the Public Affairs building here: Download Directions-complimentary (PDF). It's close to the Hilgard Avenue bus stops served by Routes 2/302 (Sunset), Route 760 (Sepulveda Rapid) and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 8, and 12.
- Thursday night I'll be attending the Sierra Club's monthly meeting. I'm not giving a formal talk but we'll have some kind of free-ranging discussion. They assure me that the public is welcome there as well. UPDATE: Sierra Club has commented with the following details:
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Transportation Committee will be in the meeting room on the Lower Plaza (LP) level, 3435 Wilshire Boulevard (the tall building with "Equitable" on its top, across from the late Ambassador Hotel).
On the parking entrance level, walk south toward Wilshire past the elevators, then turn left and go to the end of the hall. Note that this is NOT our regular meeting place in the chapter office, suite 320.
Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. so we can start promptly, Park free on the street (6th Street beginning at 7:00 works well), or ride the Wilshire Purple Line subway or Metro Rapid bus #720 to Wilshire / Normandie).
Finally, if anyone can slip me into a really cool election night party, let me know!