"Unfortunately, as L.A. gets to be more urban, it has these breakdowns of trust that happen in big cities," said Joel Kotkin, a Los Angeles resident and author of "The City: A Global History." "It's the flip side of all the good things."Where do people come up with this stuff? Is Kotkin seriously trying to suggest that the second largest city in the country was a friendly, trusting little community in 1993 and that all suddenly imploded over the past 14 years? That doesn't even begin to make any sense.
Anyway, it's too bad they're getting rid of the honor system. They say that turnstiles will bring in more money, but it seems like you could accomplish the same thing by increasing the number of fare monitors. So why not do that instead?