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Last night Council District 2's Wendy Greuel held a community forum, The Intersection of Planning and Transportation, in discussion with Director of Planning, Gail Goldberg and Gloria Jeff, General Manager of DOT. If we were better hackers, we would have live blogged, but LA Valley College protects their WiFi. Nevertheless, some highlights from last night:

Buzz Word of the Night: Mobility
New Phrase to Learn: Envelope Entitlement

Goldberg: Maybe The Unofficial MTA Prez
In her introduction of Gail Goldberg, Wendy says the future growth of Los Angeles will be like “adding the city of Chicago into the city of Los Angeles.” Have you seen Chicago drivers? They tailgate way too often.

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"Streets are not simply a place where cars move. Streets are a wonderful public space." Goldberg speaks on the capacity of the city and the flow of movement saying that one survival strategy will be to create walkable communities. "No great neighborhood can exist without great streets... we need to take the streets back from the automobile." She doesn't forget to add in that this not how all neighborhoods will be planned which appeased the single family home dwellers.

Mobility officially became the buzz word of the night when Goldberg proposed changing the word transportation to mobility in the city's general plan. Later on, Gloria Jeff joined the bandwagon and proposed redefining Transit Corridors to be Mobility Corridors.

If you are curious about the Expo Line and development plans for that, the city received a grant to do a TOD project at the Jefferson/La Cienga stop. Think Del Mar station.