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What Will Obama do for Los Angeles?

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President-Elect Barack Obama is planning to propose a federal economic stimulus package when he's in office. It would be an infrastructure investment plan, "the largest since the creation of the national highway system, to jumpstart the economy." It would include infrastructure projects that are "ready to go", meaning that they have cleared all planning, design and environmental reviews and can begin construction within 180 days and complete construction by December 31, 2010. The city already has a long list of those types of projects, here are a few interesting ones:

  • Bamsdall Transit Oriented District (East Hollywood)
  • Citywide New Left Turn Improvements
  • Citywide Tree Planting
  • More Phases of the LA River Bike Path
  • Adding more capacity and safety features to the 7th/Mero Red Line Station
  • Road and trail improvements and a horticultural learning center at Griffith Park
  • Chinatown Streetscape improvements

Of course, the federal government can't and won't fund the hundreds of projects on the list, so city council is going through so they can do some prioritizing(Next meeting about it is on Monday). To see what's "ready to go" in your district--but not funded--download the list here (.pdf)