By loading and unloading ships faster than current methods do, GRID incentivizes shipping companies to continue using our ports and perhaps switch their business from other regions’ ports to ours.

Those are direct benefits. Indirect benefits would include:

More room for more containers, if shipping increases as anticipated with the easing of the recession.

More room for port facilities mentioned in the “Safe Harbor” article, providing services that make our port a “one-stop shopping solution” for shipping lines, which could engage in maintenance, repair, and refueling right where they’re dropping off their freight.

Room to diversify the port in previously unconsidered ways, including office, commercial, residential, industrial and community development, giving the complex a resilience to see it through future economic hard times as well as a basis for growth in the coming postpetroleum era.

At the GRID Consortium, we never forget that problems are better referred to as opportunities, and we welcome the chance to work with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to create a SeaPort 3.0 that will carry our region’s economy into the future.

Richard Risemberg is co-editor of urban sustainability webzine the New Colonist, publisher and editor of bike commuter webzine Bicycle Fixation, and owner of a business in Los Angeles that designs and manufactures clothing for bicycle commuters.