LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne advises the next mayor to mend the biggest holes in the city's urban fabric, which include the LA River, Pershing Square, Grand Avenue, and two long-awaited transportation projects, according to Hawthorne. The transportation projects are:

A rail line to LAX: What outrages him (and many LA County residents) is the fact that the city is still not planning to build a rail line to the airport — neither the Green Line nor the Crenshaw Line are likely to go all the way in to the airport because of the complication and expense. Instead there are plans to build a "people mover" from the Crenshaw Line station at Century and Aviation.

A subway along Wilshire: A spur was built to Western Avenue in the 1990s when it was stopped because of worries about tunneling in an area with seismic activity and pockets of methane gas. Financing was secured by the Measure R sales tax, but obstacles remain including continued opposition in Beverly Hills.

Read Hawthorne's piece here.

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