The lost tunnels of L.A. (KCET SoCal Focus)
Great article on the many tunnels that once (and still) burrowed under hills around downtown L.A. Example: Broadway between Temple and Sunset once traveled in a tunnel under Fort Moore Hill. But construction of the 101 freeway reduced the Hill to a stump and that section of Broadway is now a freeway overpass. There’s also some intererestingness involving the old Pacific Electric tunnel.
Is it time for Metro Rail to get a facelift? (L.A. Streetsblog)
Not if it’s going to look like this, IMO. Click above to see fine example of Photoshop horribleness.
After three decades, federal tax credit for ethanol expires (New York Times)
Perhaps the headline should read “after three decades and $20 billion dollars…” About 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop is used to produce ethanol and growers didn’t put up much of a fuss, some saying they’ll still make plenty of money without the subsidy. Ethanol’s chief advantage is it comes from a renewable source but enviros have long complained that producing it requires more fuel than it saves.
Development at Universal City is shelved (Daily News)
The giant studio and office complex that NBC wanted to build atop the Universal City Red Line station has been put aside due to the sour economy. The developer, Thomas Properties, and NBC blame market conditions. It would have been a lot of jobs right on top of the region’s heaviest used transit line.
Brigham uses his camera to document a rather dreary plaza and how it could be spruced up into something that might actually attract human beings.