Car-Free Households in Decline in West Hollywood

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An estimated 12% of West Hollywood households are car-free, but the number has changed in recent years, and there are big differences among the city’s sub-populations. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers, based on Census Bureau estimates.

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David Warren

Among nearby cities, West Hollywood (12%) is second only to Los Angeles (13%) in the share of car-free households. Santa Monica is next at 10%. Burbank and Beverly Hills follow with 8%, while only 7% of households are car-free in Culver City.

In West Hollywood, the number of car-free households has declined in recent years, both as a percentage and as an absolute number. The estimated percentage dropped from 17% in 2000 to 12% in the 2011-2015 period.

Only 5% of households under the age of 35 are car-free. Senior households, on the other hand, are much more likely to be car-free: an estimated 30%. Car-free households represent 10% of the remaining group, those in the 35 to 64 age range.

In addition to car-free households, West Hollywood has what the report calls “low-car” households: multi-person households with only one vehicle. About 10% of the city’s households fall in this category.

To find out how the car-free percentages differ for renters, transit riders, and workers, see the full report, Who lives car-free in West Hollywood?

  1. Perhaps if the MTA would build a Light Rail line running east-west thru our city as well as Beverly Hills and Los Angeles via Santa Monica Bl. to downtown Los Angeles many would abandon their autos. But instead the MTA would rather extend a light rail line into Riverside County paralleling the 210 freeway. A area where livestock out numbers humans along the route. And then there is a proposed light rail line being proposed running north-south approximately one mile east of the current Blue Line.

    But those in West Hollywood were tricked by the MTA into backing proposition “M”. There is no doubt in my mind that yes it will go thru West Hollywood but not the route many believe will be fallowed. No one in their right mind should have believed the MTA would build a light rail line that crosses several streets twice and then not connect with the Purple Line which it is supposed to cross at San Vicente Bl. Yes, it will run thru West Hollywood but not via San Vicente Bl. and Santa Monica Bl. It will be built via La Brea Ave. a much more direct route and a route that will connect with the Purple Line at Wilshire Bl. where a station is currently being built.

    Governor “Moon Beam” Jerry Brown killed the extension of the Glendale Freeway during his prior reign. A route had been adapted, the land had been secured. The interchange with the Hollywood Freeway at Vermont Ave. had been partially built. Century City and other Westside developments were built with the promised freeway proposed. Yes, Beverly Hills opposed it but if it had ceased at the Beverly Hills border or circumvented it a Light Rail line may not have been such a priority now.

    Santa Monica Bl. and Sunset Bl. grid lock will not relieved but only increase. As a third alternative both streets will have to be widened, sidewalks narrowed and “No Parking 24/7”.

    One can do all the studies imaginable but none will resolve the problems we are facing. Were being offered buses but buses will be and are stuck in the same traffic nightmare we see today.

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