- File Size: 9619 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Wilderness Press (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Z1XCLS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The text is not heavy on detail regarding attractions but gives enough information and is very enthusiastic about the many well known and not so well known sights and activities in the LA and San Diego area and how they can be accessed by bus, metro or walking. The book underlines just how much LA has improved it's public transport network and there are continued improvements in the pipeline such as the metro extension to Santa Monica which is due to be completed next year. The author instills a sense of deep knowledge of the area as he has traveled all the routes described in the book himself and his enthusiasm for public transport is infectious.
There is a definite anti-car bias about the book but if your intention is to travel to LA and use the public transport system to see the vast area and to cover the distances between the areas without getting caught in endless traffic jams then this is the book for you!
For many visitors, particularly for those from abroad, renting a car was not an option for many reasons. Given the improvements to the public transit system, it is a reasonable idea to go car-free in Los Angeles. The challenge for the visitor is understanding your options and choosing wisely.
Enter "Car-Free Los Angeles". It is an excellent guide to all the public transit options in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region. The author has a long career as a transit planner at various agencies from across the country. Over the years, Los Angeles came to occupy a special place in his heart. Part of his enjoyment of the city was figuring out how to navigate it all without a car.
Like most travel guides, the book is structured by neighborhood, particularly those that appeal to the visitor (e.g. Hollywood and Santa Monica) and those that are well-served by public transit (e.g. downtown and West Hollywood). The book is well organized. The writing is crisp and clear-headed with ample detail. His style is low-key. So there are no extended essays waxing poetic about the city. Rather, everything is just the facts and to the point. I suspect international readers whose first language isn't English will appreciate this clarity. A larger objective of the author is emphasizing that a little planning ahead will pay great dividends for the visitor.
My only quibble is that occasionally the author inserts some political flourishes, which are certainly unnecessary and somewhat distracting. I take public transit because it is convenient or economical or enjoyable, not because I think it is morally superior. Regardless, this is a very minor distraction in an overwise excellent and valuable book. Hopefully, there will be revisions to keep it up to date.
For those planning a trip to Los Angeles and wondering if a car is necessary (no, it isn't), this is the book to read. For international travel agents, it is an absolute must-have.