Enrique Penalosa famed urban environmentalist and former mayor of Bogota, Colombia who is widely credited for setting that city of 7 million on a course of sustainable development, came Downtown Los Angeles to speak to a rapt audience of politicians, planners and employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the agency’s Downtown boardroom.

Making cities more livable, he told the crowd, requires a shared vision among city leaders that extends beyond bus routes.
“It is not for traffic engineers to decide how we are going to solve transportation problems, it is a political decision,” Penalosa said. “How do we want our city to be? How do we want to live?”

Photo by Gary Leonard, Los Angeles Downtown News

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