Today’s profile of a Metro rider by Zocalo Public Square: I won a silver medal for a rack of lamb in sweet fig sauce , Santa Cruz Street to Grand Avenue.
KPCC AirTalk hosts L.A. Councilman and Metro Board Member, Mike Bonin, who co-introduced a motion requiring the LAPD to report on its current policy on jaywalking enforcement. This motion came to the forefront in large part because of the rise in pedestrian activity in densifying neighborhoods such as downtown L.A. and Venice.
Bonin points out that the objective of the motion isn’t to get everyone out of a jaywalking ticket — for example, someone who doesn’t cross the street before the light turns green. But hopefully the motion will encourage officers to use more discretion for things like pedestrians crossing the crosswalk when the hand begin flashing. He also wants to ensure holistic traffic enforcement where jaywalking is heavily enforced, which means making sure officers aren’t ignoring vehicular traffic violations just because pedestrians are easier to cite.
Want to drive California’s most dangerous highways? (Zocalo Public Square)
Joe Mathews tells us of his journeys on the east and west roads in California as well as the plight of others who have no choice to travel them due to poor infrastructure planning. These roads, which often pass through beautiful landscapes, are also some of the dangerous roads in the state. Excerpt:
California is sturdily and reliably connected from north to south by straight, workhorse highways like the Interstate 5, the 99, and the 101. They can be boring yes, but with multiple lanes, center divides, and the various other protections of big modern freeways, they get us there.
But if you want to travel horizontally in this state, from east to west or back, your task will be harder, your risks higher. If you’re heading between major population centers, you might well find yourself on stretches of interstate that rank high in the rankings of most dangerous in the country—I-80 to Nevada, I-10 on your way east to Arizona, and I-15 in the desert approaching Vegas.
I don’t own a car so it’s tough for me to weigh on this, but I-15 near Vegas seems like an anomaly, since some of the road is straight and open roadway, albeit roadway going to and from a renowned party destination. Most of the other roads mentioned in the article wind through narrow, steep terrain owing to the north-south alignment of many of the state’s mountain ranges.
My colleague Steve Hymon nominates Highway 155 between the Central Valley and Kernville on a foggy night as one of the scariest east-west roads in the state.
As Metro and its construction agencies are currently building three new rail lines and extending two others, the NYMTA is working on completing the first phase of the 2nd Avenue Subway, its sole subway construction project. Recent construction photos of the nearly completed station at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue revealed a striking change: the newly installed “Lex/63” station signs markedly differ from the classic New York subway wall-tile station signage used throughout the system. And not in a good way, say critics (and me). You be the judge:
U2 plays surprise show on subway platform (Huffington Post)
In non-news that happened to occur on or near transit: the Irish rock band U2 performed “in disguise” yesterday on the Grand Central Station subway platform in New York City. It turns out the stunt was for an upcoming appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Having recently traveled through the station, I can tell you there are probably other musicians there more deserving of the publicity than U2. But hey, I’m not a fan, so of course I’d say that.
Speaking of New York: their pizza is the best in the world. Sorry, Steve.
In Steve’s headlines post on Monday, there was no mention on the type of pizza served at his favorite L.A. pizzerias, but more than likely they serve a hybrid of New York style using gourmet ingredients.
Unless of course they’re closer to Chicago style, but then we’re talking about doughy lasagna, not pizza. Is it lunchtime yet?
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