I just want to add our voice to the growing chorus of residents concerned about the poor urban planning that is paralyzing our community. The Hines Project is one more example of unbridled development overwhelming the city’s infrastructure.
When it takes a half hour to drive a few blocks downtown, and less time to travel to neighboring communities such as Culver City whether for errands or entertainment, that is less a measure of success than it is one of failure. What is the point of luring business and tourists when the experience upon arrival is one of congestion, overcrowding and pollution? How is our city image served?
Residents might not be who is in mind when considering city development, however, we live day to day with its consequences, and everyone I know is in agreement that quality of life is suffering as a result. We’re not the only ones who love this community and are grateful to live here, but feel forced to leave for simple errands or to eat, shop or entertain ourselves.
Creating a “sustainable” city is a high priority, but the current status quo is in no way sustainable. New thinking is necessary if we are to ensure a truly sustainable, livable city for current and future generations to enjoy.