Tag Archives: California

(1135) Cycling along the poverty line

This is a moving feature on the role a bicycle can play for lower income folks living in the sprawl.  Los Angeles is the place but we know for a fact lives like this are found in Canadian communities as well.
How low income cyclists go unnoticed. There really is a world where people pedal to work, use bikes for everyday transportation and by riding, form close communities of friends and neighbors – and it exists right in your town
bicycling.com
image: bedrocan via Flickr/CC

(1003) San Francisco’s scavenging economics tighten up

aluminium cansScavenging is one of the oldest continuous forms of industry found in human settlements.  Never romanticized,
it nonetheless seems to be always with us.  The value of aluminium cans and other recyclables travels up and down much like that of say oil.  When the price is good scavengers get busy creating a commodity from rejected material and earn some minor income for themselves.  Spend any time in a built-up area and you eventually spot scavengers.  That bastion of high priced housing and advanced technology, San Francisco, is no exception.  Lately, though, the cities network of businesses where pop cans and such are redeemed has begun to thin out.  This is tough on the scavengers.

Collecting cans to survive: a ‘dark future’ as California recycling centers vanish. Poor and homeless San Franciscans rely on income earned by trading cans for cash, but their subsistence is under threat as hundreds of centers close down
theguardian.com

See also:
(128) Scrapping the suburbs
(375) Scavenging

image: Ken Ishikawa via Flickr/CC

(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
theatlantic.com

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
theguardian.com
video 5:10

image: screen grab theguardian.com

(819) LA low income car sharing pilot program

Parking
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
citylab.com

See also: (487) Ridin’ poor no more

image: Justin Pickard via Flickr/CC