Missing Persons might be surprised at the recent influence pedestrian traffic is having in LA. We’re no longer thinking car-first when it comes to city planning, but the recent discussion of scramble cross walks highlights the age old challenges of traffic in Los Angeles.

Fitting in pedestrians, public transit and bikeways is hard work for a city that grew up (and out) during the rise of the automobile. Fortunately we have a mayor who’s committed to making a difference at the pedestrian level. Streets are the primary open spaces in Los Angeles and the more we can activate them with safe pedestrian activity the more livable our neighborhoods become.

Here’s hoping the streetscape discussion rises above traffic counts and commute times.