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THE LOS ANGELES SKYLINE rises high above the massive metropolitan sprawl, but the downtown buildings look rather tiny when seen from the airplane during our approach to LAX airport.  And we know there are plans for even more skyscrapers in the near future...

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We could see signs of construction near the Staples Sports Center, where valuable property has been cleared for high-rise construction in the downtown area. The city appears to be growing upward -- rather than outward -- in a move to stimulate economic growth, centralize business, and draw more people to the area. Cultural and art events, entertainment, sports, shopping, food, business -- these all draw visitors, but what about the congestion, traffic, and rising energy costs?  I hope the city planners have a better solution for those headaches!

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Meanwhile, on landing at the crowded LAX terminal our thoughts turn to the task of locating our gate, retrieving luggage, and finding a rental car.  We quickly become immersed with the details of survival in the urban jungle.  Still, it was good to have that unique perspective from 5000 feet above to reflect on it all...

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We should strive for a "balanced" approach to urban redevelopment, improving our commercial and cultural centers as well as housing and shopping. This should be complimented by an improved transportation network of streets and roads, pedestrian and transit facilities, and other practical options for access between the central mixed-use core and its neighborhoods.

After all, greater mobility and choice enhances our quality of life and sense of freedom...

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AuthorRich Monroe