Tag Archives: California

(832) Hampcompton, USA

guaTwo US ‘burbs.  A continent between them.  Both household names.

Straight outta suburbia.  A rap album made Compton an icon of urban decay, but the struggles of that California town are common to inner-ring suburbs

The workers catering to the Hamptons’ super-rich: ‘this is not paradise for me’.  Among the women paying $1,000 for a massage and the men lounging in $100m homes in the billionaires’ playground of the Hamptons is a largely unseen, mostly Latino, workforce toiling all summer in order to survive the winter
video 5:10

image: screen grab theguardian.com

(819) LA low income car sharing pilot program

if a jurisdiction hasn’t got tens of millions for transit infrastructure it could still come up with funding for something like this: a car-sharing service accessible to lower income working people.  Why not mix such a thing into a broad mobility strategy, even as an interim step?

LA’s bold plan to bring car-share to the poor. A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most

See also: (487) Ridin’ poor no more

image: Justin Pickard via Flickr/CC

(752) Serious spatial mismatches

clockFour, five and six hours of commuting is crazy.

Why Americans live farther from work than they did a decade ago. A new Brookings report finds that jobs have sprawled outside city centers and away from poor and minority suburbs
Atlantic CITYLAB

Long commute to Silicon Valley increasingly the norm for many
KQED News (video 3:42)

Suburbs such as Montgomery County rethink transit to court millennials

(653) Bikes are so cool

redbikeTwo cool items from the world of cycling.  One, at the micro level, describes a young man’s efforts to cope with his world with his bike as an ally.  The second piece is a macro level view of what cycling has added to the economy of an entire continent at a fairly shaky time in its history.

Happier, healthier, and biking to school momentummag.com

Europe’s cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs. Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study theguardian.com

image: By Henry… via Flickr

(608) …and up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude, oil that is.

OIL DISTRICT of LOS ANGELESPumps and derricks in retail parking lots and next to residential cul-de-sacs or automotive junkyards. There is a nicely literal quality to this contemporary colour photo essay about Los Angeles and its oil industry on Atlantic Cities.  The exemplar of sprawl and car-dependant living has been producing crude for a hundred years.

The urban oil fields of Los Angeles

image: Los Angeles oil rigs in 1895: British LIbrary via Wikimedia Commons


(568) This is a victory, LA?

place to sleepMore mixed messages from the USA in need of irony-signifying quotation marks: a legal “victory” for the “right” to live in your car.  Our back hurts just thinking about this one.

Appeals court overturns Los Angeles ban on living in vehicles. The ruling called the decades-old LA law “cryptic” and discriminatory against homeless people

image: Pearson Scott Foresman via Wikimedia Commons