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Councilman Eric Garcetti Writes in on Traffic

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Yesterday, we highlighted Steve Hymon's explanation on why there is traffic in Los Angeles. We started off by saying something we heard LA City Council President say to a group of people a year ago. In a phone conversation with his office, we said we stated his thoughts, but very simply and that if he wanted to clarify and expand, to please do so. Garcetti did just that in the comments section this morning. Here's what he had to say:

To be clear, I mentioned that there are some cities that have no traffic and that this is a reflection of the lack of economic depression (e.g., Detroit in recent years, etc.). LA's traffic, which needs to be solved, is nevertheless a reflection on some level that people still want to be in LA and that there is a lot of economic activity here.

That said, I believe that traffic is the most important issue we have to solve in our city, from the pollution it causes, the frustration it brings about, and the lost economic efficiency that results from long commutes in inadequate infrastructure.