Art of Transit…
Why aren’t we outraged over 90 automobile deaths every day? (Rebuild the Rust Belt)
Good question and this blog post does a good job answering it while saying those answers are no excuse for the individual trauma and societal costs of vehicular deaths. Good post. But I think everyone has the right to be outraged over other types of transportation-related deaths. Such as…
The wreck of Train 188 (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Amtrak crash raises questions of seatbelts on trains (New York Times)
The Inquirer gives last week’s horrific Amtrak crash in Philadelphia the narrative and multimedia treatment to good effect. The reaction of the first responders is very powerful — many were shocked to witness such carnage.
The NYT revisits the question of seat belts on trains and reports that most officials don’t think there is sufficient research to show they would help prevent many injuries or deaths. Unlike cars, trains often don’t de-accelerate as quickly, the reason that seatbelts may not be as effective, reports the NYT.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti overruled the city’s Planning Commission by approving a 27-story, 269-unit apartment building at Catalina and 8th Street in K-Town. The site is a .5-mile walk from the Wilshire/Vermont Red/Purple Line Station and .6 miles from the Purple Line’s Wilshire/Normandie Station. Mayor Garcetti said the need for more housing and the transit-friendliness of the site were two important considerations. A longtime anti-density activist says it’s not fair to favor one property owner (the developer) over others on the street.
Yellow Line to Skokie out of service indefinitely (Chicago Tribune)
Our woe-is-our-infrastructure post of the day: an embankment under the tracks slipped, leaving the tracks sitting over a smallish but alarmingish chasm. Not a busy El Line, but still….
I’m the original Laker Girl (Zocalo Public Square)
The latest in Zocalo’s ongoing series of profiles of Metro riders.
Tactical urbanism in Tampere (Sustainable Cities)
Don’t let the wonked out headline (which I modified) scare you from the first part of this blog post. Finland’s so-called second city is trying something novel: they’re closing Tampere’s main downtown thorofare to private cars and instead converting it to street only for transit and taxis. Without the need to carry so many cars, there are plans (which are controversial) to narrow the street and widen sidewalks and create more public space. Bold stuff.
•Things to watch on transit (with a decent internet connection): the Evander Holyfield-Mitt Romney fight.
1. Mitt is in good shape for a 68-year-old guy. I really need to lose some weight.
2. Mitt pulls on an Oxford shirt after the fight. If the idea is to look tough, this doesn’t quite cut it.
3. Mitt made a big strategic blunder: he should have surprised Holyfield and tried to clock him with a big punch instead of taking the I’m-Fighting-With-My-Toy-Poodle approach. What could Holyfield do? He probably wouldn’t want to be known as the guy who knocked out a 68-year-old, so he would have just had to grin and bear it.
•Source mini-movie review! The new Mad Max movie is fun and pretty good but I’m not sure I would call it great. Tom Hardy was better as Bane than Mad Max — he really underplays the ‘Mad” part — and I found myself kind of missing Mel Gibson. The action scenes and set design are great and better than most of the CGI crud you see on the big screen these days. That said, everyone knows that the two best car chase scenes in a desert of all-time were in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the horse-chasing-a-tank sequence in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
BTW, if you’re into the whole Arclight reserved seat thing, there’s an Arclight now in downtown Culver City and about a 10-minute walk from the Expo Line station.
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