Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

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ILLUSTRATIONS
1.The Los Angeles Metro Rail system, 2013xviii–xix
2.Pacific Electric Railway and Motor Coach lines throughout Southern California, 19427
3.Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, early in his political career13
4.Proposed 1975 Los Angeles “starter line”22
5.Supervisor Baxter Ward’s proposed Sunset Coast Rapid Transit Line, 197624
6.Rail rapid transit system map accompanying the 1980 Proposition A sales tax initiative, as presented to voters in the election material48
7.Los Angeles Metro Rail Blue Line from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach, 198462
8.Los Angeles Metro Rail Green Line route from Norwalk to El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, 201369
9.Los Angeles County “Centers Concept,” 197472
10.Proposed Los Angeles Metro Rail subway line from downtown, through Hollywood, and ending in North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley (the “wounded knee” alignment), 198377
11.Aftermath of the Fairfax explosion at the Ross Dress-for-Less store, March 25, 198581
12.Southern California Rapid Transit District general manager John Dyer presents a model subway station to Representative Henry Waxman, May 23, 198383
13.The stations of the first four-mile minimum operating segment (or MOS-1) of the Los Angeles Metro Rail subway, May 199290
14.The Wilshire corridor, March 200695

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xv
  • Introduction - The Once and Future Railtown 1
  • One - An Eighteen-Month Promise 12
  • Two - The New Mulholland 34
  • Three - Bureaucratic Paper Shuffling and Jurisdictional Squabbling 50
  • Four - Henry Waxman’s Hot Air 79
  • Five - Tunnel Stiffs, Fires, and Sinkholes 101
  • Six - The Wish List 122
  • Seven - A Knife in the Seat 145
  • Eight - Of Race and Rail 158
  • Nine - Switching Tracks 176
  • Ten - Subway to the Sea 201
  • Conclusion - The Future of Los Angeles Rail and the American City 217
  • Notes 229
  • Bibliography 277
  • Index 281
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