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Fast Company & Curbed: Cars broke Los Angeles. Could a new form of transit fix it?

Fast Company reviews Renewing the Dream: The Mobility Revolution and the Future of Los Angeles — the new book edited by my friend James Sanders and published by Rizzoli — and is kind enough to quote me amongst a murderer’s row of contributors:

Today, LA is still choked with vehicles, but according to Ducharme from Woods Bagot, it is also teeming with potential. Because LA County isn’t just about cars. It’s also “the epicenter of a mobility revolution that is making, unmaking, and remaking the way we all live and move,” as author Greg Lindsay puts it in an essay featured in the book.

Meanwhile, New York Magazine’s architecture critic Justin Davidson has published his own 2,000-word glowing review over at Curbed, where he captures the book’s central theme succinctly:

Glossily illustrated, lucidly written, and thoroughly reported, the book makes an argument that is simple yet — pardon the expression — seismic: Many drivers would happily ride a bike, grab a scooter, even ride a bus, if only those choices were safe, quick, and convenient. Unfortunately, Americans find themselves in an existential traffic jam, locked in their cars, unable to ditch them and walk.

Davidson goes on to namecheck several projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on with James, including 2018’s “More LA” — imagining how the city might look if its surface parking lots are redeveloped — and “From Pump to Plug,” our submission to a competition to redesign Southern California’s gas station sites. Read the whole — or better yet, buy the book! — for more.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He was most recently an urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he explored the implications of AI and augmented reality at urban scale. He is also a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, a senior advisor to Climate Alpha, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

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