The LA Weekly highlights Leimert Park Beat's own Damien Goodmon
and his fight to make the Expo Line Light Rail safer no matter the cost.
The MTA’s Expo Line starts in downtown LA, shoots down Flower and heads west on Exposition all the way to Culver City and - one day - to the ocean
Goodmon has been constantly standing up to city and state officials and mass transit...
: "Growing up in Leimert Park, Goodmon had little reason to suspect that other cities’ thoroughfares did not resemble L.A.’s bland, pedestrian-hostile boulevards and freeways. ... While attending school in Seattle and, later, at Harvard, he realized that Leimert Park had less in common with the rest of L.A., with its cookie-cutter streets and strip malls, and more with other cities that made mass transit a part of the civic fabric."
But Goodmon's activism is heavily criticized by many in the transit community.
“My issue,” Goodmon told the LA Weekly, “was factual but unapologetically brutal: We know people are going to be killed. In the process of running over people you’re creating a separate and unequal transit system. And you’re ignoring complaints that would make it a better transit system!”
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