Adam Nagourney, the New York Times correspondent who doubles as a presumably unpaid P.R. promoter for City Hall, has struck again.
This time he is puffing the mayor’s Hollywood Community Plan intended to be the launching pad to turn much of LA into “skyscraper city” without regard to what residents want.
For Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Eric M. Garcetti, a council member who represents much of Hollywood, the Hollywood Community Plan reflects the latest attempt to move Los Angeles away from its reliance on cars, creating a concentrated urban area along a thriving subway line where people would work, live and shop — by foot, no less. It is a school of urban planning that has been tried with considerable success in many cities over the past decade, though, of course, Los Angeles is not really like many other cities.
“You love to write about this being the city of sprawl and how we are not like New York and other cities that are more vertical,” Mr. Villaraigosa said in an interview. “This is L.A.’s opportunity to match the growth of our transit system with the jobs and housing that is critical to smart growth.”
“From the beginning, I said we are going to move away from our single-passenger automobile system,” he said. “We are going to remake what the city looks like.”
There is a virtue to homers like Nagourney when they can get the mayor and his wannabe successor to admit their intention is to trash the quality of life that makes LA special even though there is no evidence whatsoever that there is a market demand for high-rise living.
Are tens of thousands of affluent people who can afford high-priced apartments high up in skyscrapers lining up to move to Hollywood so they can take the subway to work and buses to the supermarket?
Who are they kidding? This isn’t urban planning for a sustainable city. It is just the same old, same old LA real estate scam but instead of sprawling horizontally they are sprawling vertically.
What they are planning for Hollywood is also in the works for Warner Center, for Century City, Westwood and clearly with the sale of the Dodgers for $2 billion, for Chavez Ravine.
Anybody want to buy a little bungalow on the Valley floor?