Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Riding on the (LA) Metro

"It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something. " - Don Cheadle, Opening Line of "Crash."

Car culture is as much a part of LA as Hollywood or Disneyland. We love our cars (as we should considering how much time we spend in them). We are "safe" behind the steel and glass. We can wear uncomforable shoes 24x7 because we never have to walk. We don't have to interact with others unless we choose to.

Well, even though allegedy, "Nobody Walks in LA", there's one young Newlywed braving the streets of Los Angeles and the LA Metro.

This week, I began my "car-less" lifestyle by taking the Metro from Downtown Long Beach to my office in El Segundo via the Blue Line and the Green Line (with about 2/3 of a mile of walking total). It's suprising easy!

It only takes 1 hour, 15 mins door-to-door (which isn't bad considering the freeway takes almost as long and I can read magazines and books on the journey). The walking is a good little workout, the Metro is cheap, and not driving is "green". Overall, I like it.

Here is a picture I took on the Green Line yesterday:

I guess now I'm a counterexample to the Los Angelinos described in "Crash" -- I'm not hidden behind "metal and glass" and on the crowded train (yes, it actually gets crowded.. who knew) you actually end up touching people.

Also, here's something fun -- I found this website called You can put in your address it tells you the walkability of your neighborhood. My neighborhood in Downtown Long Beach scored a 92: A Walker's Paradise!

How about your neighborhood? How walkable is it?


With Love from New Orleans said...

Very cool! Thanks!!!

Ashley said...

my neighborhood scored a 37 - "car-dependent"... i'd agree. I had to walk home from the mall this summer because my car broke down.. not cool, man, not cool.

Linda said...

I love the site. Thanks for posting it. I live in a "Very Walkable" neighborhood.
I recently found your blog and love following your adventures!

littlesack said...

good for you for going green! cool link too. thanks!

Robyn said...

Good for you! I plugged in my address and my neighborhood was ranked a 46 which was car dependant.

Karah said...

Such a cute blog. Love your H blog too. : )

Saskia said...

Thanks for your comment, I enjoyed reading your favourite 'H's!

It's so interesting reading about your life in California... I look forward to reading more about it!

Saskia x

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you're using the public transportation, especially in LA! Thanks for that link too, I will check out where I live.

Mrs. Cup said...

Mine scored a 3!! Yikes!!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

hi! so glad you commented on my blog... how have I not found yours before? I can't wait to read through & catch up :) I'm a follower now!

Anonymous said...

That's great! I wish I could do that here! My drive takes 15 minutes, and public transportation would take me over an hour (and would include 3 bus changes). The public transportation system in Atlanta is a disgrace.

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