...The people who were interviewed said that they felt they had been stopped because they were minorities, pointing to the fact that the police had not issued them tickets. As a working police officer, I hear too much of this in the media...
I beg to differ. Rockefeller Center concentrates a huge number of activities on a relatively small plot of land. Virtually nobody drives to Rockefeller Center. (People arrive there by walking, subway, bus and even bicycle.) Those who come in automobiles generally come in taxis, which by operating all day avoid the cold starts that are the main source of automotive pollution.
High-density development, properly designed in the right place with the right infrastructure, can be ecologically friendly. Let's hope that someday high-density development not based primarily on single-occupant autos will be possible in Los Angeles.
When I was in the fourth or fifth grade, I walked a mile and a half home from school every day. And every day I would have to walk past a house that kept a large dog of indeterminate breed in the front yard. Every day, even if I crossed to the opposite side of the street, that dog would howl bloody murder at the sight of me, running across the yard and hurling its body at the fence, barking its head off. Its eyes didn't track, it stayed pretty much in one spot - it just wanted a reason to bark.
I think of that dog every time I read what Marc B. Haefele has to say about Playa Vista and the environmental community's opposition to this giant development scheme from hell. Why the Weekly will not or cannot rein in its idiot pit bull on this issue, I no longer even care to guess. But please at least remain cognizant of the city's leash laws and be sure you never walk him without a scooper and a trash bag (extra-large).
Some months ago, I wrote to you asking for an alternative to Jonathan Gold and his excellent coverage of the ethnic-food scene. So thank you for adding Michelle Huneven to your restaurant staff. She's a welcome addition.