A LOOK AT THE BOOMING TRADE,
TRANSPORTATION AND DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRIES.
JENNA L. JONES
It was nearly 90 years ago when the first airplane from what is now known as Los Angeles
International Airport rambled down the runway and soared up and away into the salty air.
Although the East Coast had been the epicenter of U.S. trade for
ages, the development of Los airports and seaports marked
a profound shift in the ability to exchange through the
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As an industry, logisInternational Airport
tics defines the connectat dusk.
edness of transportation
and economics. In LA,
logistics underpins not only travel but many of
the imports and exports.
transportation and distribution
were really targeted here in LA, in the
history, as a way to create says Kimberly
Ritter-Martinez, an economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
LA now has a huge transportation
infrastructure and access to a large consumer
According to the LAEDC, the city has spent
$16 billion on new transit lines. This month
Metro Light Rail will begin service all the way
to Santa downtown to the
beaches, as well as the desirable tech
start-up hub of Silicon Beach.
By sea, Los ports have provided millions of jobs and boosted the economic standing
of the county for more than a century. Last year,
40 percent of all containerized goods coming
into the United States came through the Port
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