For the editor: Although car-free streets are perfect for cyclists, it’s in all probability not politically or financially possible to take away automobiles from most main thoroughfares within the close to future. Instead, I might recommend benefiting from the prevailing car-free biking infrastructure within the LA space – our river path system. (“These are the streets readers want to close to cars,” letters, August 27)
The San Gabriel River Trail already supplies protected and quick biking from the mountains to the ocean in jap LA County. However, LA County’s different two main river trails, the LA River Trail and the Ballona Creek Trail, are crippled by disruptions. The LA River Trail has a six-mile deviation close to downtown Los Angeles, whereas the Ballona Creek Trail ends in Culver City.
But think about if a separate bike path might be constructed extending the Ballona Creek Trail east to the LA River. With this and the completion of the LA River Trail, we’d have a bike freeway permitting journey all through the basin.
Fred Vachs, Thousand Oaks
For the editor: Here we go once more with the non-solutions pie-in-the-sky.
When a road is closed to automobiles, the automobiles don’t depart; as an alternative, they go elsewhere, thereby growing visitors on one other road. This will not be a answer.
As for Griffith Park, the truth that automobiles lower throughout it’s no motive to shut the streets of the park; relatively, it’s a motive to restore close by highways. This would resolve each issues directly.
If you need strolling and biking trails in Griffith Park, construct them by all means. But construct them along with present roads, with out closing present streets to cars.
James Stewart, Panoramic City
For the editor: Two of the letters name for closing Hollywood Boulevard to automobiles, partly, to create a “promenade”.
Good thought! So why not shut it down now, from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and kickstart town’s expensive effort to revamp it into excessive gear?
Hollywood Boulevard may turn into a way more engaging leisure vacation spot than Santa Monica’s famed third Street Promenade. It may succeed by attracting reside theater venues, now scattered round Hollywood, to relocate to the brand new promenade.
Do the identical for live performance halls, then reopen closed cinemas to indicate movies outdated and new. Add a few museum sights, road performers and extra, and a new Hollywood Boulevard may be born, providing each type of leisure ever created.
Problems? Of course there could be, however we’re identified for our creativity. Let’s get to work.
William Bergman, Hollywood