As the city waits eagerly for the freeways over the MacArthur Maze to be repaired, perhaps its a good time to think about how different cities handle their commuters. There is currently an exhibit in New York City of models created by Robert Moses of highway plans for Manhattan–plans that were never carried out. If they had been, elevated highways and tunnels would crisscross the city streets and parking lots would take up land now occupied by skyscrapers and public buildings. Looking back from the 21st century, it is easy to see that planning to rely on automobile transportation would have deprived New York of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars worth of business, making it a far less prosperous city than it is now. California has, for the most part, pursued a car-centered pattern of transportation, but with every passing year, the disadvantages of moving thousands of individuals in small vehicles that have to be stored during the workday is not the most sensible way to transport a city workforce. Even while we cheer the speedy repair of freeways, we ought to keep in mind the importance of overall planning for transportation into and around San Francisco. SPUR and other planning groups spend a great deal of time considering transportation options. The League looks forward to working with them and other groups on this issue through the coming years.
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