COWBOY AT CALTRANS: Brady Westwater was front and off center at Caltrans Building's Broad Plaza to hear a presention by 24 international interns working with EDAW. The big idea; the 101 freeway capped by a park. view blogdowntown + CurbedLA + LA Cowboy. + Angelenic. vfal flickr set
A few years ago, a warehouse fire like the one knocked down this morning in 30 minutes would have had very few witnesses. Now we look forward to reports from LAFD, an overview, a mention, an early on the spot essay by a former English teacher. A batch of photos that were taken but not posted because there were already reports from LAFD, an overview, a mention, and a short essay from a former English teacher. Meanwhile, by Thursday afternoon the clean up crews on Winston, between Los Angeles and Main St, were almost done.
The former English teacher noted how a parking crew member was a dauntless employee by not allowing a mere fire interfere with cash flow. He merely parked cars away from the hot spot.
Arts District's David Buckingham uses found metal objects as raw material to muscle them into works of art using a "bewildering array of power tools and sheer force of will." His metal sculptures document iconography and typography shaped with discarded products of industry––sheets of metal, road signs, car doors. Only the colors of the painted metal are left as is.
Like myself, he was raised on the rants and words of George Carlin and sculpted this homage last year. He passed it along in the spirit of a fellow Carlin fan. It's worth sharing. It's the ""Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" as sculpture.
The new median "wasn't what we were thinking about, but wow," said Kent
Smith, executive director of the L.A. Fashion District Business
Improvement District. "It's certainly going to be eye-catching and will
certainly be something you notice when you drive by. It's a real
Over in Boyle Heights, there's no love for a mural that was slated for LAPD new station. view [Mural Interruptus] ;
A new Audi fresh off the lot was parked on Main after 4pm, when you are not suppose to park there. It was stalked by a tow truck and the driver waited for LADOT for almost 20 minutes. The driver decided to move on at 5:35 pm. Meanwhile, behind the Audi is a Honda with emergency lights flashing, and the driver is talking on the phone.
WANDERING: Tried something new at blogdowntown, and it may become a regular thing. Around the Hall will be looking at motions and movements, and hopefully get advanced information for groundbreaking and milestones around City Hall . . –– Downtown Crossroads may also be interesting to continue. . . –– Launched in April with no fanfare, LA Eastside finds itself on radar of LA's blogs and the Los Angeles Times. You may have to credit EL Chavo's online following.
For Laker fans it was a hard week. At least Downtown doesn't have to foot the bill for a pesky victory parade during a City of LA budget crisis (O.K., who am I kidding?). As much as I'm ready to move on, there's two connections to my former stomping grounds –– the outback known as the Inland Empire–– that's worth noting. A San Bernardino Boston Celtic fan is rewarded, and a Boston home court good luck charm has roots in Fontana:
Chicago-based playwright and Tribune news researcher Brenda Kilianski reports that her city could look to L.A. public transportation for some lessons. The only-when-she-has-to-be L.A. resident first scoffed at the idea: back when she lived near the hole in the ground at Sunset and Western in the early 90s she recalls thinking "A subway station? In L.A.? Yeah. Right! Well, people call it La-La Land for a reason."
She's sold now. And in case Chicago hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, she challenges the windy fathers to build a comparable system within 8 years:
it took only seven years to open up the 17-mile Red Line from
downtown's Union Station to the North Hollywood station in the San
Fernando Valley. Sixteen stations. And the rails and stations are
How was this possible?
Well, a lot of money was thrown into this project. About $4.5 billion.
But seven years? Sixteen stations? And earthquake-resistant?
Perhaps imagination played a part. It's also called vision—something that's sorely lacking in Chicago and Springfield.
"Countdown to a new Brown"? How many years? How many stations? And
earthquakes aren't part of our reconstruction equation. We don't open
stations. We close them. We put up with slow zones, evacuations and
even derailments. And then we're told to "Leave early. Leave late.
In a city where a good portion of the citizens actually believe the
Cubs will eventually win a World Series, you can't accuse residents of
not having imagination. So why not believe we can have better
government for ourselves, better public transportation right now?
Despite the apologetic tone in wanting to compliment L.A., the perception that L.A.'s public transportation is a black hole with no transfer may be changing. view [Those old transit blues].