It is all too often the case that Los Angeles is immediately associated with traffic congestion and poor air quality by those who live outside the city. While these are certainly issues that must continue to be addressed in Los Angeles, these should not be the defining characteristics of a city that has so much more going for it.
As Kion Kashefi has pointed out, Los Angeles is a hub of creativity as it serves as a home to countless actors, filmmakers, writers and musicians. It is a culturally diverse city that supports the art and culture of its varied population, and the city itself is surrounded by incredible natural wonders that include the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountains.
Mr. Kashefi has outlined four simple ways to improve Los Angeles in 2015 and beyond, noting that these methods could prove quite helpful in changing the perception of the beautiful city of Los Angeles in a positive way.
Encourage Civic Pride
Most of the residents of Los Angeles are proud to call themselves Angelenos, but Mr. Kashefi believes that there are still not quite enough outlets in which residents can express their civic pride. Creating additional outlets of expression would foster a greater sense of community among residents and would do wonders for the overall perception of the city.
Promote the City’s Many Exceptional Traits
The fact that many people who live outside of Los Angeles think of the city in terms of traffic and air pollution is troubling. As Mr. Kashefi has noted, Los Angeles has beautiful beaches that provide access to the Pacific Ocean, and the San Gabriel Mountains provide a stunning panorama of the city. There is a great deal more to the city beyond just its natural wonders, of course, as at any given time of year there are sporting events, concerts and performances, along with a host of other entertainment activities. It is these qualities that are the ones that should be emphasized and associated with Los Angeles.
Improve the Air Quality
There is no denying that the air quality is still not what it could be. While efforts have been made to improve the air quality of Los Angeles, these efforts need to continue and more need to be put in place so that future generations can enjoy the city. Doing so would also help in dissipating the notion that Los Angeles is a city rife with smog.
Address the Transportation Issues
The transportation issues in Los Angeles are undeniably difficult to address and there may be no quick fix that drastically improves traffic in and out of the city. Despite the fact that this may be the case, it is still important that the city continues to take action to decrease the amount of traffic on the city’s freeways and to encourage greater use of public transit.