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events Michael Dukakis on L.A.’s Traffic Former Governor of Massachusetts and UCLA professor of public policy speaks on traffic congestion at the Rosenfield Forums spring 2010 event, “Changing Lanes: Bold Ideas to Solve L.A.’s Traffic Problems.” “I came out here in 1960, to see my hero, John Kennedy, get nominated, and it was a wonderful event, but I couldn’t wait to get out of town. It Michael dukakis was obvious even then that the freeways weren’t working. I looked around for a public transportation system, and it was disappearing. “When I raced back to Boston, the city was being told, like every other metropolitan area of the country, that in order to solve its congestion problem it needed to build a Californiastyle freeway system.
“Then in 1973 I visited Stockholm, where I found myself in a city that wasn’t crisscrossed by eight lanes of freeways, was beautiful, and had a terrific public transportation system that worked. “I went back to Boston and was one of the leaders in the fight to kill the so-called master highway plan. Thanks to a man named Thomas P. O’Neal, Jr.—we were the first state in the country to be able to use our interstate highway money, $3 billion of it, for public transportation. “I think it’s fair today to say that Boston’s success as a city has more to do with that decision and what we did with it, than any other single thing that happened.” �
L to R: Michael dukakis with ca state senator alAN lowenthal; dukakis, mayor antonio villaraigosa, dean franklin d. gilliam, jr.; gilliam, lowenthal
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