For weeks, drivers in LA have been warned on freeway signs, televised news conferences and by celebrity Tweeters about possible chaos beginning at midnight tonight. The capital of car culture will be without a major artery for 53 hours when the 405 freeway shuts down between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley. What's come to be called "Carmageddon" might be a warning to other cities in a world now clogged with more than two billion automobiles. Should the romance with the automobile be turned into tough love in order to ease congestion, protect public health and counteract climate change?
Los Angeles, the Automobile and the Rest of the World
- Zev Yaroslavsky - former member of LA City Council, former LA County supervisor, now director of the LA Initiative at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs - @ZevYaroslavsky
- Deborah Gordon - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Sam Staley - Florida State University - @samrstaley
- Dan Neil - Wall Street Journal - @Danneilwsj