Originally Posted by pesto
Traffic would be an issue, for sure, and some ideas for connections to Union Station. AEG would hate the idea as would Roski, too, I suppose.
Traffic will never go away. And, again, you want traffic as it means you are in an economically viable area..and a place of destination. Try driving in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, etc... there is always traffic, but always a reason to go there.
So, forget the "traffic barrier", that will never be won as traffic never vanishes. What's "traffic" in one persons eyes, is not "traffic" in another. And, as somebody who lives on 9th street.......cars are zooming by at 30 - 40 mph at all times, outside of the 1 hour block before/after a Laker game. That's it. No need to expand a waistline just for 1 hours "problems". Traffic does make people consider the use of alternative transit...otherwise, there's no reason to go Metro if you can drive and park for free.
By the way, just read an article that 36% of downtown LA's land is devoted to cars.........now how bad is that. And yet, people don't understand why we have traffic (i.e. more convenience to cars via parking, wide lanes, restricted parking, etc.. --> much easier to drive)
So, no more parking lots, structures, etc... LA has too much already. Let's focus on construction for people (housing, offices, transit)!