Proposal Would Turn Marina Del Rey Freeway Into Park With Low-Cost Housing- What a Lousy Idea

A new study is looking into converting one Los Angeles County freeway into a park with low-cost housing. And the plan already has the backing of some LA officials, like Mayor Karen Bass.

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The Marina Central Park study is a potential plan which would convert the 90 Freeway that stretches from Marina del Rey to Culver City, and turn the stretch into a park.

“It’s the shortest freeway in LA County, it’s the least-trafficked freeway in LA County,” said Michael Schneider with Streets for All, which is responsible for the initiative. “We have a housing crisis. We don’t have enough places for people to live. We don’t have enough parks. And so it’s a study at this point to see, could we use the space a little bit better?”

The plan proposes converting the three-mile stretch into one of the biggest parks in LA County, with nearly 4,000 units of low-cost housing, retail spaces, rapid bus and bike paths, and access to the Centinela Creek, the Ballona Creek trail, and the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.

In August 2023, LA Mayor Karen Bass wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, requesting $2 million for a feasibility study for the proposal.

“Tearing down the Marina Freeway, which sits on 100 acres of right-of-way with 50 acres of concrete and steel, represents an opportunity to address past harms, build housing, and create community space for all Angelenos,” she wrote. The full letter can be found here.

And the proposal would not completely eliminate car lanes along the three-mile stretch, just fewer than what currently occupy the space now.

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The people FOX 11 spoke to about the proposal were divided. Many people expressed skepticism about the plan. One person called it a “terrible” idea. Another said, “there’s already a lot of traffic going up Lincoln (Boulevard). That is going to make it worse.”

Others though, said the project would fill a need.

“I think we need affordable housing for low income people, one person said. “We have a huge problem in LA.”

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  1. Cars Are Basic, Inc. looked at this proposal.

    The “T” shirt bike advocate on Channel 11 used all the correct destruction words. Re-imagine….the Communist in China used that to lie to the people about conversion.

    If you have 1.5 people in each of the houses they propose (and that is kind) and you have 2 cars per the amount of traffic added to the narrowed two lane freeway is the result. So they will add at least the same number of cars on the streets because people will be feed up and go on to the city surface streets. That results in more congestion.

    4,000 units times 2 is 8,000 cars. Take 50% of the capacity away and add the current minimum estimate of 40,000 car trips per day and you see the problem.

    There is the added issue of reduced emergency response on the now not freeway, and the added traffic on the surface streets.

    At the same time the Sacramento majority (Democrats wants Stack’m & Pack’m building) votes for destroying local zoning that allows for rational street capacity and parking.

    CAB also points out to the fact this is public land and any housing will not provide for fee title ownership. The question also is what about the subsidized rent and impact upon cities and the state that has to pay for emergency response and street maintenance?

    Need help in transportation?

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