Actual quote from a client, enraged at the cost of the first invoice we sent him:
“Web designer, hey?! The only web you’re designing is a WEB OF LIES! Crawl back to whatever cafe you were born in.
What’s that, Westsider NIMBYs? You don’t want a subway that would increase business revenue, property values, connect you in a convenient manner to the rest of Los Angeles, and get cars (even if it’s just a few, that’s one more Civic you don’t have to wait behind merging onto the 10 East) off the roads and freeways?
I understand. You think that the subway will bring undesirable elements to YOUR fair portion of LA. The homeless. Drug addicts. Gallivanting middle school kids drinking soda pop and expressing their high sprits on the sidewalks of YOUR darling, picture perfect neighborhoods that are YOURS, and yours alone.
I have a solution. To keep what is yours to yourself, since you don’t want to share, just go ahead and secede from Los Angeles. Hours of gridlock, puttering behind buses on Santa Monica Blvd? I don’t want that, so keep it to yourself. No walk-ability on traffic choked streets layered in car fumes, pedestrians dodging streams of vehicles that pour from freeway off-ramps into the streets where your children walk and your friends shop? All yours.
Keep your negative-Nancy, bass-ackwards vision of your city, and I’ll take one that will improve the lives of the citizenry. I’ll take my subway, while you fume at the car that cut you off on the freeway your sitting on, hoping that your 90-minute commute doesn’t take two hours instead.