Pain from increased gas prices is mostly mental (Marketplace)
Here’s a feel-good story for those unhappy about rising gas prices. Marketplace says it’s all in your mind. The omnipresence of gasoline station signs advertising their prices make any increase something that’s unmissable and unforgettable. Marketplace did the math and figured that when gas goes up a dollar it’s “only” an extra $10 to $15 per tank. Or, as one person they interviewed put it, “two days of lunch.” Personally, I’m going to stick with riding Metro and eating lunch daily.
Bullet train study contemplates tackling Grapevine route (Bakersfield Californian)
The state agency charged with building high-speed rail is studying whether it may make more sense to connect the Los Angeles area and the San Joaquin Valley by running trains along the 5 freeway, including the steep Grapevine section north of Frazier Park. It’s only a study and so far there remains strong support for a route that would instead take the train through the Antelope Valley. It’s certainly hard to imagine any train handling an ascent or descent as steep as the Grapevine, but apparently it is possible. A Grapevine route would also be cheaper and cut a few minutes off the trip.
Feeding the city [with food truck parking lots] (Pattern Cities)
Can populating a city’s surface parking lots with food trucks make the urban fabric more cohesive? Pattern Cities thinks so and looks at examples in Portland and Austin. L.A. is arguably the home of the food truck, and I love it when our typically soulless downtown parking lots become markets of food truck flavors on given days. That being said, one Tweeter makes an excellent (sarcastic) point, “@rfassett yeah, food trucks must be great for the environment!”