Perhaps 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
Asthma appears to, at least in part, owe some of its increased presence in the suburbs to poverty.
Researchers debunk the idea that asthma is more common in inner cities
Evidence from Los Angeles attaches an alarming list of health maladies to living next to a major traffic artery.
L.A.’s freeway-adjacent residents need more protection from pollution
image: Clément Bucco-Lechat via Wikimedia Commons
Two 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
Pumps 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
More 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
Before the video accompanying this piece on suburban poverty in California’s Inland Empire plays we got to watch a commercial for a Mercedes-Benz SUV. A very brief inclination to irony was replaced fairly quickly at hearing the phrase, “Blueberries? Wow, what a blessing.”
Hardship makes a new home in the suburbs
Gentrification is a dirty word to many observers of North America’s urban dynamics.
It is often seen as an unfair force, as change that benefits a few investors while putting the poor under additional pressure. Echo Park in Los Angeles, California hosts something of an extra twist to the effects of gentrification in that criminals once living and operating there who cannot afford the cost of housing now must travel to and fro to to ply their trade.
With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf. Displaced by trendy coffee shops and rising rents, many gang members have been forced out of Echo Park, returning to their old turf on weekends. A new injunction targets those who are left. LA Times
image: Los Angeles City Hall in 1931 via Wikimedia Commons