Anne Zimmerman takes planners on a bus tour of Los Angeles. En route to South Central, Deborah Murphy, Steven Flusty and Katherine Spitz discuss the area. The group stops for a barbeque lunch at Leimert Park. Ron Lewis of the L.A. Planning Department’s South Central Task Force discusses the challenge of applying planning resources appropriately. Dwayne Wyatt from the Los Angeles Conservancy reviews the history of the Leimert Park area, stressing its enduring status as a outstanding African-American neighborhood. The group leaves Leimert plaza for a different kind of park, Pershing Square. Lupe Valdez and Miriam Simmons of the MTA review current transportation initiatives in L.A. After Pershing Square, the group explores Biddy Mason Park, the Grand Central Market, and the Bradbury Building.
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The panelists debate the proposed Los Angeles Metro rail system. Deborah Murphy talks about bringing together Los Angeles neighborhoods through mass transit. Judy Wilson describes L. A.’s existing Metro Red Line and the difficulty of insterting a rail system into an urban environment. Marty Wachs describes the role of the public transit system for the 21st century, stressing the importance of concentrating on the needs of the specific user demographics. Kate Diamond criticizes the Metro Rail proposal, warning that it risks isolating communities, and making cross-town travel even worse. She suggests that the plans should be rethought. Antonio Villaraigosa responds that the problem is not with the plan, but with its implementation. He maintains that under his leadership, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Board is creating the greenest, cleanest public transportation system in the world.