Public transportation is not Downtown’s strong suit. While we have buses and a metro system, neither merit any noteworthiness about town. We clamor on about how the city’s transportation should improve but little space allows such a rejuvenation. Perhaps the architects and city planners of Downtown would be wise to look upon Michael Bay’s imagination in his 2005 sci-fi film, The Island. The film begins its way to the climax when Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson) flee their incubator of fantastical medical advancement and into the gritty and wild embrace of Downtown LA. While the statements made about society and our obsession with vanity and youth shine through the fictional world, the real take-away from a Downtowner’s perspective is found in one futuristic detail: suspended railways.
Forget the giant iPad desks, hovering motorcycles and mastery of cloning in Bay’s 2019 utopia; Downtown LA gets a functional train system.
Downtown can hardly fit the buses and snarl of cars packing the streets so why not look to the skies for mobility? Outside of the brilliant rail system, Downtown LA does not see much else improvement in Bay’s film. As the year 2019 approaches, the city actually has some time to get the suspended railway system in motion. Sure, it would cost billions of dollars, would be fairly dangerous to construct and would be years before anyone utilizes the inventive transportation, but damn if the idea doesn’t tickle a Downtowner’s imagination.