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Mayor Villaraigosa's 30/10 plan gets an ironic soundtrack


If you're unfamiliar with the Mayor and Metro's ambitious 30/10 plan,  please feel free to read up. But briefly: it's a common-sense idea that would make 30 years of transit construction happen in a third of the time. How? Federal loans, mostly paid by the sales tax increase we voted for last election. The video is nice enough, informative too. But that optimistic, cheery music in the beginning and in the end? Those cellos and violins and whatnot? That's actually a dark, dirty Lou Reed song. Here's a sample lyric:

But why don't you grab your old lady by the feet
And just lay her out in the darkest street
And by morning, she's just another hit and run

Not too pretty, right? Here's the ultimate irony: Reed named the song "Street Hassle." Have a listen to the decidedly NSFW song below: