The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename a street that runs through southwest Los Angeles after former President Barack Obama. As luck would have it, the street runs parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, another hood classic.
Their names are Courtney and Nathan. I met them in a bar on Cinco de Mayo. It just happened to be taco Tuesday, so Te’Kila was especially crowded. We shared a table until a separate one came available. They are awesome.
Metro plans to add cellular and WiFi service in some of the underground stations. This is huge! I am an almost daily user of the LA subway system, and my one lament is the lack of cellular or WiFi services underground.
Wi-Fi will be accessible at station platforms but not in a moving train, Fischer said. Uninterrupted cellular service will be available from the street to the platforms to inside moving trains, he said.
On Wednesday June 18, I was crossing Flower Street heading east at 6th Street during my lunch hour. I was walking in the crosswalk, with the signal, when a vehicle heading east on 6th Street in the outside lane failed to yield at the light when making a right-hand turn. The car came to a quick stop in the crosswalk, startling me and I stopped walking to look at the driver, expecting to see an acknowledgement or nod of apology for nearly hitting me. Instead the driver laid on the horn, long and loud.Confused, I looked at the crosswalk signal which was still a clear walk signal, not even counting down, with other people around me continuing to cross the street. I pointed to the signal and held my hands up in a “I don’t understand” signal to the driver. He then proceeded to roll down his window and lean his head out, yelling expletives which—in summary—demanded I get out of the street. I had my cellphone in hand so I held it up to snap a photo of him and his license plate. Upon seeing this he hit the gas, swerved, pealing out as he continued down Flower Street. He missed hitting me and other pedestrians in the crosswalk by only a few inches.
As a daily Metro user and pedestrian, these types of situations bother me to no end. I will often yell at my dad when I’m riding in the car with him, because he has often pulled all the way into the crosswalk at intersections. If you can write jaywalking tickets, you can ticket drivers who do not allow pedestrians the right of way.
The Crenshaw Line will include a station at Leimert Park, hailed as South L.A.’s answer to Gold Line stations in Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Mariachi Plaza.
The plan originally didn’t have a Leimert Park station, and it took a two-year fight by community members to get it approved.
The connectivity the light rail will bring could change the future of Leimert Park Village, considered the hub of African American business and culture in Southern California, residents said. The neighborhood’s main street is lined with shops and cafes, as well as one of the last black-centric bookstores in the region.
I passed the ground-breaking this morning on my way in to work. Earlez, Yum Yum and Conroys are gone. The face of Crenshaw and Rodeo looks completely different. Onward and upward, I guess.
Metro staff released a fare restructuring proposal today that would raise fares in three phases over the next eight years while also making Metro more customer-friendly by allowing riders to board an unlimited number of buses and trains for 90 minutes in any direction for a single fare.
The proposal includes two options for restructuring fares. The first option would raise the base fare from the current $1.50 to $1.75 for the next four years and eventually to $2.25.
The second option would keep the base fare at $1.50 during off-peak hours and raise it to $2.25 during peak hours for the next four years and eventually to $2 in off-peak hours and $3.25 in peak hours. Both options with the complete set of increases are shown above.
I make myself leave the house when it’s time to get work done, because I get next to nothing accomplished when I sit in my house all day. I need to be away from my household distractions and in the company of other people trying to get shit done.
My normal work space is the local Starbucks, and although the one on Crenshaw and Coliseum is within walking distance of my house, I prefer to go to the new one near USC, because it’s a lot more clean, quiet and structured.
The Crenshaw Starbucks is like a daytime club; the Expo/Fig Starbucks is like a library that allows us to have our food and drinks and occasionally plays good music.
Anyway, with all my Starbucks visits and Starbucks gift cards, I managed to move myself up to the Green level in Starbucks rewards which means that all of my refills while I am in the shop are free.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is #Winning
Finding it difficult to find creative inspiration at home? Angelenos are so lucky to have many great options for alternative workspaces and social collaboration for our design work/life. Here are a few we found that might suit your remote lifestyle.
I’ve been researching the various coworking options in Los Angeles. Some of these are new to me.