LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Local government priorities, in a nutshell.
A nice lawn, or a right to peaceably assemble for a redress of grievances… I guess it’s simply a matter of opinion which is most important. It’s pretty clear where most American (and others, such as Melbourne) municipal governments stand on this issue. Only Albany, NY, seems to be bucking the trend, but not because of their elected officials.
This is a very critical urban issue. Planners and Architects should be very focused on what is happening here, and should take stock of where they stand on these issues.
The statement reminds me of a panel I once attended in Philadelphia, where an elderly Edmund Bacon stood up, decrying the upcoming revision of his plan for Independence Mall, and shouted, “I mourn for the loss of those trees!”
Sadly, I don’t recall which principal from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson replied, “I mourn for the loss of the neigborhood you destroyed to plant them.”
(Click through to BCJ’s design. It returned some human scale to the mall, though it could never replace the neighborhood streets that Ben Franklin once walked.)