The video neatly sums up the new partnership between Zipcar and Metro that will place two Zipcars at 10 busy Metro Rail and Orange Line stations. The gist of it: you can use Metro to complete part of your trip and then rent a Zipcar for the rest of your journey. It may not be the kind of thing riders do all the time, but it’s very useful for those who don’t drive, don’t have a car or may not have a vehicle always at their disposal.
40,000 tour CicLAvia in Pasadena (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
I’m no good at estimating crowds — but it was certainly a big one at the CicLAvia in Pasadena on Saturday. The slideshow looks like it has a broken chain, so to speak. Only five images?
I think we’re at the point where it’s safe to say that people in our region aren’t as married to their cars as some would like to believe. Each of the open streets events has been a big draw and I’m positive there will be another big crowd in Uptown Long Beach this Saturday for the Beach Streets on Atlantic Avenue.
The big question that remains is how much will some of the appetite for biking on display at these events translate into action in the different communities? I think it’s safe to say that a lot of progress has been made in Long Beach and the city of Los Angeles. Pasadena has a draft bike plan. Will it be approved by the Council? Funded? Implemented? Stay tuned.
Map of age of city buildings (Built LA)
I’ve probably seen this map in the past — just forgot about it until a friend sent me a link the other day. The interactive map is through 2008 and shows the age of buildings in Los Angeles County. Although things have obviously changed in some places, the map still gives you a good idea how much of our area was built in the early decades of the 20th Century and that new development is the exception, not the rule in most areas.
On the one, a lot of older buildings are great and have character and perhaps offer affordable housing, etc. On the other hand, a lot of older buildings don’t and I’m not sure what it says that there hasn’t been more new development here. If you know what it says, leave a comment — although I’m guessing our regular commenters hardly need an invitation to pounce.
A community meeting about the project last week was rough going. The issue remains choosing a route for the bullet train between Burbank and Palmdale. Some residents oppose a surface route. Others oppose a route that would involve building 20 miles of tunnels.
Somewhat similar issues on the San Francisco Peninsula were solved by committing to slow down high-speed rail and using the existing rail corridor. Obviously the tunneling would be expensive. That’s a challenge for a project that still lacks the vast majority of the funding it would need to go from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Eyes on the street: law enforcement takes the lane (Streetsblog LA)
LAPD vehicles have parked in the bike lanes on Los Angeles Street more than once, finds Streetsblog’s Sahra Sulaiman. She’s not amused and her response — along the lines of ‘broken windows’ start at home — is hard to argue against.
I write letters to the people that I love (Zocalo Public Square)
The latest Metro rider profile from Zocalo Public Square. Click above to check out their ongoing series.
Things to read on transit….
Not sure if we have any Deadhead riders — we must, right? If so, a short and fun piece on Bob Weir as what’s left of the band gears up for what it says will be its final tour. They’re playing June 27 and 28 at the 49ers rail-adjacent stadium in Santa Clara. Hope they have some good air fresheners for those rail cars post concert.
Grist has a funny read on a candidate for California’s seat in the U.S. Senate who will only work to fight climate change. By his own admission: “I will be the first to admit that I’m not a perfect candidate. I’m barely qualified, and a survey of my personal history will undoubtedly expose me as an embarrassment to myself in almost every regard that does not include this singular act of rationality.” As you might know, such disclaimers in politics are unusual 🙂
You may have read an obituary for photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away last month. Check out some of her great street photography work in New York. She worked with wide-angle lenses far more than many street photographers, meaning she had to get close to her subjects and had to carefully frame them in the right context.
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