ICYMI: Suggest locations for bike share stations in Pasadena and Venice. I was pleased to see someone suggest both the Huntington and Rose Bowl in Pasadena, although the Rose Bowl is very downhill from Old Pasadena and the Gold Line.
The Times got a scoop and the renderings that go with it of a new development proposed just north of 7th Street and along the L.A. River. It’s another big one — 800,000 square feet of office space, 250 apartments and two boutique hotels; in other words the kind of thing that feels lifted from the standard modern L.A. developer’s template.
Still, it’s yet another big development proposed in the Arts and Industrial districts that are between the river and Alameda Street. And this one is very close to Metro’s maintenance yard for the subway where the agency has said that renovations will leave space for a possible subway platform/station although the agency hasn’t committed to such. Of course, the more stuff that ultimately gets built in this area, the more likely there will be pressure to build the platform.
Quasi-related observation: as per usual — because this is how the city of L.A. functions (or does not) — the development would need exemptions from current zoning laws. The issue here: updating the zoning laws across much of L.A. has proven difficult with some folks suing to stop further development and the traffic they allege it brings .
The cheap taxi firm has acquired an AI startup with the aim of improving their self-driving cars in the future. Excerpt:
“It’s going to be a very long time before a self-driving car will be able to make all the kinds of trips that Uber does every single day,” Mr. Holden said. “But the answers to this are all going to come in the form of artificial intelligence.”
Concur. I’m still skeptical that self-driving cars will be much cheaper or more profitable than just sticking with human beings behind the wheel. More self-driving skepticism here.
UPS begins delivering packages via E-trike in ________ (Streetsblog)
I know you can guess the city in one try. The phrase “E-trike” gives it away.
From the news release:
At 27.8 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in September 2016 than the combined 27.7 billion miles of 19 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.
And from the accompanying report, a few visuals to show how much Americans are driving these days. Interesting that even as Americans drive a lot, they’re also approving more transit at the ballot box. See: Measure M in Los Angeles County, which won with 71.15 percent of the vote.
And to finish up today, a song about driving!
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