Originally Posted by wakamesalad
LA will never, ever, neverever be a dense urban city, ever. The damage is done.
But it is dense. The problem (from an urban perspective) is that it lacks the really high, centralized peak densities & employment centre of a place like Chicago, which makes transit service much harder to implement.
Right now I think the two biggest problems facing Los Angeles' urban environment are the lack of adequate rail service and the unimpressive retail strips (most of them look like this
- I'd like to see these buildings gradually replaced by say, 5-10 storey ones with retail at grade and apartments above, with LRT/streetcars running on the street).
Thankfully, LA seems to be one of the few American cities growing inward instead of outwards, and actively expanding its rail transit. In a few decades Los Angeles should start to resemble something of a North American Tokyo. Uniformly moderate to high density residential areas spread evenly over a vast area intersected by bustling retail & transit corridors, and multiple high-density commercial centres all connected by subway, LRT, and commuter rail.