Only five-and-a-half hours for
Brooklyn Los Angeles to get the win! The game shouldn’t take that long tonight with Greinke on the mound for the home team and Madison Bumgarner trying to save the Giants season. The second place team in the NL West will spend most of October somewhere that is not a ballpark while the Cubs find some new and novel heartbreaking way to honk out of the wild card game.
Of course, it’s probably too early to close the book on the Giants as the Dodgers have been fattening up on my beloved Small Red Machine.
Going to tonight’s big game? The Dodger Stadium Express is free for those holding a game ticket — buses run from Union Station and Harbor Gateway. Details here.
From the Department of Imitating Train Voices:
— Iolani Brideau (@MsIolani) September 1, 2015
With station dedications underway for the Foothill Extension project, Curbed posts a variety of pics of the Arcadia, Irwindale and Duarte stations. Dedications will be held later this month for the Monrovia and Azusa stations. Construction of the project is slated to finish this month, too. At that point, the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will begin the process of handing over the project to Metro. After that happens, employee training and pre-revenue testing will begin with the project scheduled to open in the first half of 2016.
The rumor is that BuzzFeed could move into the old factory space at 7th and Santa Fe in the Arts District. I’m surprised Curbed didn’t headline the article “Three Things That Will Shock You About BuzzFeed’s Potential Move to DTLA.” But they do have some cool pics of the mannequins currently stored in the space.
It would certainly be a coup for Art District restaurants and coffee shops, having a bunch of techies/journalists/humanmannequins in constant need of food, caffeine and (later in the day) liquor. More people in the Arts District could hypothetically push Metro and the city to one day build an Arts District station for the subway at the edge of the subway maintenance yards.
Things to finger-scroll through while standing/sitting/stuck on transit: the Historical Photographs Tumblr that has great pics such as this one:
Video: Four road diets
Good video from planner and writer Jeff Speck on different ways to lose car traffic lanes while gaining space for walkers, cyclists and transit — and making things safer for everyone.
Houston: welcome to your new network (Human Transit)
Good post by Jarrett Walker about Houston Metro’s complete overhaul last month of its bus routes. The basic idea: to put an emphasis on more frequent and faster bus service while getting rid of slower routes with low ridership. Jarrett’s transportation planning firm worked on the plan.
Could that type of change happen at Metro? The agency is studying it (I’ll write more about it this fall). It’s certainly intriguing as one of the criticisms I often hear about the Metro bus system is that it’s not super intuitive and that buses run too infrequently on many routes.
Some short-form satire from Andy Borowitz if you’re looking for a quick read while sitting/standing/stuck on transit.
The post from the conservation group Natural Resources Defense Council is a bit on the wonky side. There are a number of strategies involved in reducing our gas guzzling ways — including more transit and walkable communities. But seriously reducing petroleum use involves Californians using more fuel efficient cars. As the graphic shows, there is no shortage of them available on the market.
But will people buy them? In my neck of the woods — Pasadena — I still see plenty of SUVs and other big cars zipping around. Of course, federal law mandates that the U.S. car fleet must average 54.5 mpg by 2025. That’s ambitious considering the current average is about 24 mpg.
More stuff to read on transit: Great article in the New Yorker on the death/life of Atlantic City, the East Coast gambling hub that seems intent on going the Detroit route. As faithful readers know, this column is fascinated with articles about cities that are rising, fading and trying novel things. Some of that comes from the belief in some quarters that Los Angeles will never be anything but a traffic-ridden hub of no good, whereas I believe that Los Angeles can be anything it wants to be — if willing to make some hard choices about things such as schools, transportation, open spaces and density.
How We Roll mini-movie review for those Who Watch Movies on Their Devices While on Transit: In my occasional attempts to keep pace with pop culture, I like to watch films that young people are watching.
Which led me to watching The Maze Runner the other night — a story about a bunch of teenage boys stuck at the center of a giant maze for reasons unexplained until the last five minutes. As entertainments go, this was pretty good except for one glaring thing: in the middle of the film, a teenage girl suddenly is tossed into the maze — and the teenage boys, some of whom have been stuck in the maze for three years — barely notice that she’s a girl.
Okay, perhaps there are greater concerns for the teenage boys such as not getting eaten by the giant robot/cockroach things. But still. At least one teenage boy should have been stung by a griever while staring blankly at the girl and trying to think of something to say (“so you’re here because you like puzzles” would have been my killer sure-to-work opening line). Anyway, not a bad late night movie but the Hunger Games does the dystopia thing better.
Actually if you wanna really scare the kiddies, you don’t need tributes, President Snow or concrete mazes. Tell them this story: one day they are suddenly 30 years older and wearing uncomfortable dress shoes and sitting in cubicles all day, every day. By comparison, playing some bow-and-arrow with your district buddies and/or running through a maze sounds kind of fun, eh?
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