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Tacos and Transit: Rate Your City

From taco-rich San Diego to the tortilla wastelands of Boston, we asked you to grade U.S. cities on two critical metrics: Mexican food and public transportation.
Rockaway Taco in Queens, New York, is a prime example of transit-oriented taco development.
Rockaway Taco in Queens, New York, is a prime example of transit-oriented taco development.Mary Altaffer/AP

The idea, unsurprisingly, came from a place of hunger. Carter Rubin, a mobility and climate advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, was flying back to Los Angeles from an East Coast trip talking about urban transit when he started salivating over one of his hometown’s culinary staples: tacos.

So Rubin tweeted out a silly idea: He draw a very crude graph and asked people to place their cities on a grid based on the quality of their tacos and transit. (Los Angeles, for example, he rated as having excellent tacos and mediocre transit.)