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At-Grade and Poor Neighborhoods

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Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board member Mark Ridley-Thomas continues to call for an examination of Metro's Grade Crossing Policy. In an editorial in this week's Los Angeles Business Journal, he writes that "at-grade crossing is itself a barrier to development and neighborhood improvement." The piece is virtually the same editorial he wrote recently for the Planning Report. "Done right, the rail line could elevate the quality of life in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods; done poorly, it could become a literal roadblock to road traffic and a figurative one to desirable real estate development in several areas." [LABJ/Planning Report]