Transit and Cities-Railtown Los Angeles

Transit & Cities Spring 2014 Series

Event 1: Railtown Los Angeles

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Presentation by Ethan N. Elkind (author of Railtown, UC Press, 2014), March 11, 2014

Discussant: Martin Wachs, RAND Corporation and UCLA Department of Urban Planning; formerly Professor of City and Regional Planning and Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley

Abstract: Los Angeles, the city that pioneered car-centered living, has begun reinventing itself around a burgeoning subway and light rail system. How did this rail network come to be and what does its future hold? What does the Los Angeles experience portend for the future of the American city? Ethan Elkind will address these topics and discuss his new book Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City (UC Press, 2014).

Ethan N. Elkind researches and writes on environmental law and policy with a joint appointment at UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law. His work focuses on business solutions to combat climate change, covering the land use, transportation, and energy sectors. He received his B.A. from Brown University and J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Martin Wachs is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA. He is also a senior principal researcher at RAND. Previously, he was Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where he was also Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and the University of California Transportation Center.