When Cities Say No to New Transportation Technology

  • Date: 05/19/2021

Last December, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city would become “an unmistakable leader on urban mobility.” Tech companies designing futuristic “low-noise electric aircraft” — think flying cars — would be invited to join a new, first-of-its-kind Urban Air Mobility Partnership that L.A. would help launch through Urban Movement Labs, a public-private organization closely tied to the mayor’s office.

The popular response was skeptical, to put it mildly.

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