SGA News Clips, 5/19/11

Imagining Detroit
The New York Times, 5/17/11
“But after spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit: a model for self-reliance and growth. Because while the lifeblood of Venice comes from outsiders, Detroit residents are looking within. They’d welcome help, but they’re not counting on it. Rather, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, they’re turning from seeing things as they are and asking, ‘Why?’ to dreaming how they might be and wondering, ‘Why not?'”

U.S. obesity correlates to vehicle usage, 5/16/11
“‘If you look over the last 60-plus years, the automobile has become our primary mode of transportation — so much so, in fact, we have literally designed our way of life around it. It is that energy imbalance that ultimately may lead to obesity,’ Jacobson says in a statement.”

Safety Reminders for Bike to Work Day
Washington Post, 5/18/11
“The League of American Bicyclists launched Bike to Work Day 54 years ago without much fanfare and to far less enthusiasm than it receives today. That was an era in which scant few adults rode bicyclists other than on vacations. Now, with cycling an established part of the transportation agenda and bike lanes proliferating across the urban landscape, bicycles have been embraced for commuting and exercise.”

Los Angeles County is poised to accelerate its rail projects
LA Times, 5/15/11
“While many agencies are cutting back, Los Angeles’ aggressive rail expansion is picking up steam. The county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled this month a record $4.15-billion budget that includes money for about a dozen rail lines that are either under construction or being planned.”