Originally Posted by 213
^ Street traffic is nominal on weekends, but freeway traffic generally isn't. Compounded by stadium inflow, congestion would be severe enough to deter many from venturing downtown for other reasons.
Traffic alone is not a reason for nixing the project, but it's a factor to be considered if downtown is to remain a casual and appealing destination. If getting here becomes a presumed chore, we jeopardize that.
So if traffic is a problem, why isn't Santa Clarita the most bustling city in the southland? There's no traffic there. Why build in LA when Santa Clarita has some serious asphalt that can park cars!
We shouldn't hold economic progress to traffic. If we did, we'd be no better than any midwestern town or Santa Clarita with limited cultural attractions. Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, DC, etc.. have TONS OF TRAFFIC. This is not an LA thing, it happens in every city. But those aforementioned cities are awesome because of what we offer. A football stadium creates more economic benefits and makes Los Angeles an even greater city than our outlying suburbs (which we shouldn't compare against, we need to be the New Yorks, Chicagos, Londons of the world...not freakin' Kansas City or Oklahoma City).
Now, if we continue to hang on this thread about "traffic problems"...what do you expect to do to fix that? Build more lanes, more parking? Any of those "solutions" will just give people more convenience to drive and park, that Metro rail and bus becomes an afterthought (oh, why should we go Metro, there's lots of parking). This stadium won't happen until 2015 at the earliest; by then we'll have Metro rail to Culver City (and Santa Monica in 2016...2015 will not happen no matter what the FB Official Expo Line page says), Long Beach, Hollywood, Asuza (via Pasadena), East LA. By 2020, we'll probably have the DT Connector, Crenshaw Line, and a subway to Wilshire/Fairfax completed. So if we get caught up on this "oh what about the traffic", we'll never get anywhere. We're Los Angeles. Not a 2nd rate city.
By the way, what's going to happen to demand for driving when gas price settles to $4 by end of 2011 and $5 by end of 2013/14? We need to start focusing on alternative transportation methods instead of more conveniences for car drivers (parking, wider lanes, left-turn signals, restricted street parking, etc...). People will take Metro if it's convenient and the other options are not as convenient. Right now, driving is too darn convenient in LA.