Expo Dreams

Posted on January 25, 2014 by

A few blocks northeast of the last stop of the Expo Line in Santa Monica is the bustling Broadway corridor: clusters of new apartment houses which conform to the “pedestrian-friendly” template in this progressive, coastal city.

Where street-level restaurants, retail shops and professional offices create an atmosphere of neighborhood activity and “human-scale” commerce.

Walk there from Colorado and 6th – where workers are already laying the tracks – and you’ll understand the transformation taking shape as Expo’s 2nd phase nears completion.

I imagined myself in one of these modern new apartments – “cable/internet ready, expansive glass windows, gourmet kitchen, granite countertops” – with walking-distance access to the Third Street Promenade and Palisades Park sunsets.

I could scoot out the door on weekdays for a brisk walk to the train:

Through West L.A., Rancho Park, Palms, Culver City, Crenshaw, USC.  Just in time to teach my morning class at L.A. Trade Tech College.  Practically door-to-door service.  In fact, that could be my 30-year plan.  A way to get to work even after my kids take my drivers license away.

Skeptics who insist that Westsiders will never take the train may be in for a surprise next year when the 15-mile route is complete.  Development clusters are cropping up at all the stops.

With, perhaps, a new generation of commuters – young and old – lining up along the way.

Comments (2)


  1. Frank Gruber says:

    Good piece. I live in Ocean Park, my office is at 4th and B’way, my 92-year-old dad lives at 6th and Colorado, my wife works at USC across the street from a station — I can’t wait.

  2. Betty says:

    Great 30 year plan Lou. Living in Pasadena I catch the Arts bus at the end of my street to the Gold Line that takes me downtown Union Station & anywhere beyond. Like you I think about the day I stop driving & rely on the Metro system in Los Angeles County. The living, slash, retail developments are doing well here in Pasadena and more are nearing completion. Fearlessly we can get around this great metropolis when our cars are taken away. See you at Trade Tech.

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