Things to read whilst transiting: “Reddit and the struggle to detoxify the Internet” in the New Yorker. You can also listen to the story. The crux of the article:
Is it possible to facilitate a space for open dialogue without also facilitating hoaxes, harassment, and threats of violence? Where is the line between authenticity and toxicity? What if, after technology allows us to reveal our inner voices, what we learn is that many of us are authentically toxic?
Art of Transit:
Remains of the old hotel on Echo Mountain. Photo by Daniel, via Flickr creative commons.
The six-month pilot program will provide a shuttle from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park Station in Pasadena to the Sam Merrill trailhead at the north end of Lake Avenue in Altadena. The trail climbs for 2.7 miles to the top of Echo Mountain, the site of a long-gone hotel once served by streetcar, via an incline. From Echo, hikers can continue to a variety of other destinations in the mountains.
We’ll have more about the shuttle soon. Exciting stuff. The U.S. Forest Service piloted a shuttle to Chantry Flats in 2016 and Duarte had a shuttle to the Fish Canyon Falls trailhead (much of the area around the trail subsequently burned in the Fish Fire).
As the story notes, Metro is looking at other possible shuttles to open spaces but no funding has yet been committed.
Experts say you don’t need to put people on a bus-like device that runs underground — rather a bus lane on surface streets would do the same trick and be a lot less expensive to build.
Fair enough point. But the article loses a lot of credibility when it points to the New York subway as one of the most inefficient transportation systems on Earth by linking to an article about inflated construction costs — an unrelated issue.
Check out renderings for lower L.A. River revitalization (Urbanize LA)
New renderings for 41-story tower at 8th and Fig (Urbanize LA)
Hopefully these changes or something similar will be funded and come to pass. If so, the lower river will be accessible from the Blue Line and, eventually, the Rail-to-River Corridor Project.
As for the new tower in DTLA, “the project calls for replacing a longtime surface parking lot with a 41-story, 501-foot-tall building that would feature 438 residential units above 7,300 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 517 vehicles and 490 bicycles,” according to Urbanize.
Dept. of Brackets: It is my pleasure helping Source readers fill out their brackets every year. I had one of the top 13.4 million brackets on ESPN’s website last year.
Dept. of Robots:
Boston Dynamics Robot Dog Slips on Banana Peel pic.twitter.com/Fq2C6xZyJT
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