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Lynell George Sings Los Angeles – Boom California
"Rooted in personal experience, George catalogs the changing landscape, delving deeply into the city’s shifting districts and ever-evolving zeitgeist coming to rise because of these shifts. A lifetime of covering her hometown is distilled into eleven meticulous essays complemented perfectly by her own poignant, original photography. One of the key themes of this collection, as she states in the text, is that there are “‘many’ Los Angeleses swarming, each with stories that [tend to]) remain in the margins, territories that could only be accessed by someone familiar with its history and layout.” Another key idea she hammers home is that the Los Angeles depicted “on television or in the movies didn’t jibe with what [she] encountered daily, no matter where [she] lived.”

Quite simply, George knows Los Angeles better than almost anyone. City of Quartz author Mike Davis stated to me in an email late April that “L.A.’s written image has always been a predictable mixture of hyperbole, cliché and outsider ignorance, with boosterism and fear as two sides of the same coin. Lynell George comes from a different place entirely. With subtle love she explores the everyday to discover the extraordinary: the creative and rebellious spirits of the neighborhoods, the schools, and the true (not fake) bohemias. She truly sings Los Angeles.”

Mike Sonksen

In the last few years, dozens of articles and think-pieces composed by cultural critics and urban pundits have discussed rising rents across Los Angeles accompanied by the transforming local landscape and built environment. Many of these pieces approach the city from a distant, more theoretical standpoint. The native Angeleno journalist Lynell George provides a much more personal and an even deeper perspective on shifts across Los Angeles because she’s been covering the terrain longer than just about anybody. Her new book of essays and photographs from Angel City Press, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame,[1] examines and explicates Los Angeles in search of place and belonging with an uncanny verisimilitude.

Rooted in personal experience, George catalogs the changing landscape, delving deeply into the city’s shifting districts and ever-evolving zeitgeist coming to rise because of these shifts. A lifetime of covering her hometown is distilled into eleven meticulous essays complemented perfectly by her own poignant, original photography. One of the key themes of this collection, as she states in the text, is that there are “‘many’ Los Angeleses swarming, each with stories that [tend to]) remain in the margins, territories that could only be accessed by someone familiar with its history and layout.” Another key idea she hammers home is that the Los Angeles depicted “on television or in the movies didn’t jibe with what [she] encountered daily, no matter where [she] lived.”

Quite simply, George knows Los Angeles better than almost anyone. City of Quartz author Mike Davis stated to me in an email late April that “L.A.’s written image has always been a predictable mixture of hyperbole, cliché and outsider ignorance, with boosterism and fear as two sides of the same coin. Lynell George comes from a different place entirely. With subtle love she explores the everyday to discover the extraordinary: the creative and rebellious spirits of the neighborhoods, the schools, and the true (not fake) bohemias. She truly sings Los Angeles.”


The Many Los Angeleses

As Davis notes, George’s forte is revealing the many Los Angeleses and she’s been doing this for over three decades. A former staff writer at both the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, her writing has won many awards over the years, even a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for writing the liner notes, “The Stomp Comes to the Strip,” for the six-CD set, Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go. In 2017, George also won the Alan Jutzi Fellowship from the Huntington Library for her work with the Octavia E. Butler archive.

Her first book, No Crystal Stair, published by Verso in 1992 peeled back the false facades of South Central Los Angeles to reveal the faces of the city: the mothers, fathers, extended families, the churches, the schools, and legions of teachers and social workers in the district that walked the walk. Her behind the scenes portraits of community pillars like community organizer and youth advocate Levi Kingston, jazz musician John Carter, filmmaker Charles Burnett, the Marcus Garvey School, and the Ward AME Church showed the real South Central Los Angeles, not the exaggerated misrepresentation that mass media promoted in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Her early essays are meticulously reported and stand the test of time. This new collection carries this spirit even further, matching her poetic prose with her equally skilled photography. There’s an organic unity in After/Image that radiates from every page.

Lynell George was born in Hollywood, raised in the Crenshaw District, and then moved to Culver City just before adolescence. Her parents were both teachers around inner-city Los Angeles and her father eventually became a principal. Both of her parents migrated to Los Angeles for opportunity during the early 1950s, the last wave of the Great Migration. Her father was from Pennsylvania and her mother, Louisiana.

After/Image revisits her formative years to paint an in-depth portrait of not only Black L.A.’s transformation, but the city at large. “The black L.A. where I grew up in the ’70s,” she writes, “was a territory built of dreams and defeats. A work-in-progress that was still being shaped by the unrest of the ’60s and the outsized dreams of our forebears.” After/Image maps these territories, “both physical and of the mind.”

After graduating from Culver City High School, she attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and studied with the great Los Angeles novelist Carolyn See. See praised her work right from the beginning. “Carolyn was a Mentor,” George tells me. “She was the first to suggest in college that I send one of the pieces I wrote for her class to either the Weekly or the L.A. Reader. Ten years later, that piece (or part of that piece), ended up being part of an essay in the Pantheon collection, Sex, Death and God in L.A.,[2] and entirely by chance, Carolyn had an essay in the same volume as well.”

After graduating from LMU, George went to graduate school for Creative Writing at San Francisco State. While in San Francisco, she met the novelist, essayist and professor Leonard Michaels. Michaels helped her sort out if she should continue in the Masters’ Creative Writing Program or take the leap of leaving grad school. “He gave me advice about what a writer should do: ‘Read. Write. Find someone who you trust to read and critique your work,’” she recalled. “He encouraged me to stay open to the world.” George ended up staying in San Francisco for only a year when a summer internship back home at the LA Weekly became a job opportunity. She listened to Michaels’ advice and sooner than later, she was doing cover stories for the Weekly.

A Pioneer of Los Angeles Journalism

For about seven years George was a staff writer at the Weekly and eventually went on to become a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times for fifteen years. George was one of the first writers in the city to cover the rise of Leimert Park as an artistic enclave in the late 1980s and the first writer to spotlight the district in the LA Weekly. She also pioneered coverage for important topics like the Black and Korean Alliances before the 1992 uprisings happened and dozens of other issues that are now more widely discussed like public versus private schools, Black filmmakers, and gentrification.

These were the glory days of the LA Weekly and George was printed along with important L.A. voices like Wanda Coleman, Ruben Martinez, and Mike Davis, all of whom she became close confidantes with. She met Coleman sometime in the late 1980s and they remained in touch all the way until 2013 when the legendary poet and writer passed. Coleman even introduced Lynell to her brother George Evans and the artist Michael Massenberg, both of whom George has had fruitful collaborations with in recent years. “Wanda was a special force in my life,” George confides. “She was a solid sounding board and sat down with me to make sure that I paid attention to whom and what was around me. She always alerted me to good stories, good people I needed to know or have around me.”

Though Coleman was nearly two decades older than George, they shared many commonalities like both being African American women writers from South Los Angeles with parents who came to Los Angeles during the Great Migration, though Coleman’s parents were in the first wave and George’s at the end. “[Wanda] was a letter writer,” George remembers, “and I still have those notes, postcards and double-spaced typewritten letters she’d drop in the mail.” Their last meeting, shortly before Coleman passed “was a ‘lunch’ that went for seven hours. It was more than a lunch, it was a seminar—in research, history, writing, life, and of course Los Angeles. I’ll never forget it.”

Like Wanda Coleman, George has lived almost her entire life in Los Angeles County. In her adulthood, George lived in Echo Park and Pasadena. Though some of After/Image is autobiographical, it is a larger meditation on the rapid changes sweeping Southern California in the last few decades.

Throughout the text, George converses with a variety of local experts like Lila Higgins from the Natural History Museum who muses on the once-ample green space across the city now developed. The chapter with Higgins, “Urban Wild,” explains how Southern California is “a hotspot of biodiversity,” and what we need to do to preserve local ecosystems and restore the Los Angeles River… [more]
lynellgeorge  losangeles  history  california  2018  mikedavis  race  racism  1970s  books  toread  photography  crenshaw  culvercity  jamesrojas  nancyuyemura  evelynyoshimura  wandacoleman  pasadena  echopark  socal  laweekly  leonardmichaels  leimertpark  rubenmartinez  greatmigration 
june 2018 by robertogreco
People Of Color And Being Outside In Nature : Code Switch : NPR
"As the weather teeters between 1997 DJ Jazzy Jeff and 2002 Nelly, we've been spending a lot of time staring out the window, wishing to be anywhere but inside: the beach, the pool, the basketball court, Grand Teton National Park.

Well, maybe not that last one. Truth is, people of color aren't heading to national parks in droves. In fact, according to the National Park Service, last year about 80 percent of all national parks visitors, volunteers and staff were white.

And as this Funny or Die video gets at, REI-inspired activities like mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting don't really pull in the POCs, either.

But hold on a sec. People of color hang out outside all the time. Aren't we the champions of cookouts, supreme at summer block parties? Critics of anti-loitering laws say they're aimed at keeping us from hanging outside too much, and Mexicans and Mexican-Americans make up the vast majority of people who work the land for food.

Oh, right. Those last two are where it starts getting complicated. There are real reasons, both historical and contemporary, that can make stepping outside in your free time while black or brown a politically charged move.

At the same time, there are some really interesting organizations and individuals pushing the boundaries of what "being outdoorsy" looks like, and we wanted to know what they're up to.

So join us for the Code Switch Podcast, Episode 2: Made For You And Me, as we explore what it means to be a person of color outdoors. Listen as you hike, garden, or stare blankly at the walls of your windowless cubicle, waiting for the weekend."
outdoors  us  race  bikes  biking  2016  losangeles  sanfrancisco  pasadena  swimming  swimmingpools  camping  nationalparks  immigration  refugees  gardens  adrianflorido  shereenmarisolmeraji  leahdonnella 
may 2017 by robertogreco
Jamba Juice Just Got Some Serious Design Cred | Co.Design | business + design
"Along the main drag in Pasadena's historic downtown core, Jamba Juice has opened its newest store. When you step inside, the expansive space—with its terrazzo floor, sinuous oak bar, minimalist European furniture, and seafoam-green walls adorned with relief sculptures of fruit—looks more like a chic restaurant than its sterile brethren populating strip malls and food courts across the country. Designed by the prominent L.A. firm Bestor Architecture, the Innovation Bar, as it's known, represents Jamba Juice's first-ever concept store and a foray into design experimentation as a way to lure customers.

"All retail companies, especially brands that are 20 to 25 years old, have to find ways to stay relevant and keep from getting tired," says David Pace, Jamba Juice's CEO. "It's how do we go out there, try some things, experiment, and look at the business, design, and products differently. This was put into place to test current assumptions."

The past few years have been rocky for the smoothie brand, which has been shedding unprofitable stores and has switched to a franchise model to cut costs to stay financially healthy. Amid those changes has been an interest to stoke more consumer interest in the brand. After consulting with 2x4, a New York–based design studio, Jamba decided to build out a concept store.

"They wanted it to feel more like a part of the community rather than a mass experience that gets rolled out," says Georgianna Stout, a partner and creative director at 2x4. "What we've been seeing in all retail experiences—not just in food—is that it's such a competitive market now. If you think of Amazon, you can get anything in a day, from hardware to diapers to food. In general, people who are competitively part of those same markets are needing to rethink their retail spaces to differentiate them. How do you appeal to someone who's used to a mass experience? How do you get customers to come in and stay? We worked to think about the social experience in a store and to make the environment more appealing and comfortable."

Stout and Jamba Juice admired Barbara Bestor's ability to create environments that feel vibrant and fresh, but not in an artificial way—her most recognized work includes Intelligensia Coffee and the splashy headquarters of Beats by Dre. So they didn't give her a specific rubric for the space so much as a general sensibility. "If you walk in the door and say, 'Wow, I can't believe it's a Jamba Juice,' that was almost the brief," Stout says.

To Bestor, the challenge lay mixing local influences and the brand's core identity to create something that spoke to the notion of freshness, an important attribute considering that the store's main products are cold-pressed juice (not the sugar-laden smoothies for which Jamba has become known) and healthy meals.

"In the coffee world, there's a focus on using design as an expression of authenticity, caring for the customer, and adding some delight for them," Bestor says, noting that while ultra-fancy third-wave coffee shops have become the norm in many cities, juice is following suit. "As architects, it’s exciting to look at an established brand and be able to try out ideas to explore 'connoisseurship' of its product."

When Bestor began looking at the brand's current identity, she saw some similarities to the super-saturated oranges, magentas, and teals that L.A. designer Deborah Sussman used in the 1980s. "If you look at how Jamba shows themselves with color—which is embracing it—what would be a way to tune color to a newer palette? What says 'natural, fresh fruit' today?" To that end, she kept the palette vivid, but more organic: light greens, natural woods for the bar and furniture, and a floor made from river pebbles embedded in concrete.

The space is located on a historic street with a landmarked facade, and while there were no laws dictating what Bestor had to do inside—the exterior had to stay the same—she tried to pull some of the exterior influences indoors. The building was originally built as a drugstore in the 1940s, so she decided to incorporate a traditional tin ceiling and used deep moldings to adorn the walls.

The real showstoppers in the space are supergraphics of fresh fruit—which were designed by Bestor Architecture—that cover some of the walls and also cycle through digital screens. "It was about scale and making really big, visceral impressions," Bestor says. "It gets across the idea of naturalness and freshness but in a contemporary way."

When customers come in, they can order food from iPads in the front of the store, pick things from a grab-and-go shelf, or order from the cashier. One of the biggest differences in the customer experience is being able to sit in the store. To get people to linger, Bestor looked to the design of Viennese cafes from the 19th century. There are a handful of tables, bar stools, and a banquette upholstered in leather that offer places to sit. There's also Wi-Fi in the space.

"I call it 'slow casual,'" Bestor says.

On the menu, Jamba Juice is experimenting with different types of cold-pressed juice at a higher price than it typically sells its products (about $8 a bottle) and healthy complements, like quinoa salads. While the store is a one-off and Jamba doesn't have any plans to create more like it at the moment, it's using the space to test the idea of opening regionally inspired retail spaces, much like Starbucks did with its Reserve line. And some elements that do well in the Pasadena location, like menu items, could be rolled out nationally.

"When your designed space reinforces that you’re about customization and not 'one size fits all,' customers can say it’s kind of my local shop, it's different," Pace says. "But if you stamp out a New York City shop just like one in Albuquerque and there's no customization, there’s where people start to feel worried. Customers want to see convenience, personalization, and new taste profiles. . . . In this business, you always have to reinvent yourself.""
barbarabestor  jambajuice  design  interiors  via:jarrettfuller  deborahsussman  2016  murals  pasadena  architecture  fruit  graphicdesign  graphics  losangeles 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Press Release - Yasuhiro Ishimoto's Photographs of Greene & Greene Architecture to Go on View for First Time in the U.S.
"“Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene & Greene” features 46 works by the influential 20th-century Japanese-American photographer"
yasuhiroishimoto  architecture  photography  2016  greeneandgreene  pasadena 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Peter J. Westwick on Aerospace in Southern California | The ICW Blog
"The Aerospace History Project, under the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is an effort to document the history of the aerospace industry in Southern California and the economic, cultural, and physical effects on the region and beyond. The project collects the papers and oral histories of key individuals and institutions across the aerospace industry, creating a permanent, central resource.

The Director of the Aerospace History Project, Peter J. Westwick, is Assistant Research Professor in the History Department at the University of Southern California. He received his BA in physics and PhD in history from UC Berkeley, and has taught at Yale and Caltech. His research focuses on the history of science and technology in the twentieth century U.S. He is the author of several books including Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004, and The National Labs: Science in an American System, 1947-1974. He is also editor of Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California.

In the following interview, Peter reveals how he became involved with aerospace history, some of the most interesting things he came across while working with the Aerospace History Project, and current projects."
california  socal  aerospace  2015  peterwastwick  economics  culture  environment  aerospaceindustry  jpl  skunkworks  lockheed  shermmullin  harveychristen  benrich  claencejohnson  pasadena  huntingtonarchives  planetarysociety  tomjones  alhibbs  caltech  charlesgilmore  lymangilmore  grassvalley  history  kellyjohnson 
december 2015 by robertogreco
MDP/Lab - Media Design Practices MFA at Art Center College of Design
"The blog of the Lab track of Media Design Practices, an interdisciplinary MFA for a world in flux at Art Center College of Design."

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mediadesign  accd  garnethertz  benjaminbratton  shannonherbert  pasadena  criticalmaking  criticaldesign 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Luke Johnson: Mysteries and Curiosities Map of JPL: How can design influence an established culture?
"It was during this walk that I first realized JPL was a lot like the television show Lost."

"The map functions as a tool to orient new employees, encourage Lab explorationg for current employees, and to put a human face on JPL for the outside public."

"Armed with a GPS tracknig device, camera, and a trusty pair of shoes, I walked to every buidling on Lab in numerical order. What I thought would take a Saturday afternoon took 22 hours over the span of four days at a walking distance of 52.2 miles."

"The map itself is divided into two sections. The front is an Insider's Guide containing information I wish someone had explained to me when I began working at the Lab. The back provides several Walking Tours. A Welcome Pack and Website/Smartphone App were recently funded."

"The creation of a new design practice requires a certain entrepreneurial spirit and chutzpah"

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wayfinding  nasa  california  exploration  cartography  mapping  maps  buildings  numbering  numbers  lost  alexandersmith  davidmikula  juliatsao  christianeholzheid  erinellis  pasadena  jpl  lukejohnson 
november 2012 by robertogreco
A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area | History | SoCal Focus | KCET
"Earlier this month, advocates of alternative transportation cheered as the City of Los Angeles approved a long-awaited bicycle master plan. With more than 1,600 miles of proposed bikeways, the plan envisions a future in which the bicycle is an integral part of urban transportation.

It also represents an embrace of the city's past and an era when bicycle paths rather than freeways or rail lines connected the Southland's communities. That era, as well as the succeeding years when cycling has competed with other modes of transportation, comes alive through archived images from Southern California's libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions."
losangeles  pasadena  bikes  biking  history  2011 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Five Innovative Urban Gardening Programs in Los Angeles - The GOOD List - GOOD
"The idea is not new, but it’s being resurrected in cities throughout the country (and, for that matter, the world), in part because it’s one way of fighting childhood obesity, which, along with diabetes, is a serious health concern for children of all ages. The number of urban gardens in the United States has grown dramatically in such cities as Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, and San Francisco, where local governments and residents agree that these gardens are an important way to give children and residents access to healthy food like locally grown fresh produce. Below is a list of innovative programs and initiatives emerging in the Los Angeles area."
losangeles  pasadena  urbangardening  gardening 
april 2010 by robertogreco
C.I.C.L.E. :: Bicycle Lifestyle, Community, and Education :: Bicycle Classes, Bicycle Rides, Lifestyle Workshops
"Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice."
losangeles  bikes  biking  transportation  cycling  activism  advocacy  environment  green  sustainability  community  pasadena  eaglerock 
april 2010 by robertogreco
COFAC Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura
"El Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC) Border Council of Arts and Culture es una organización internacional de las artes, no lucrativa, basada en Tijuana, Baja California. México y Pasadena, California EE.UU., con conexiones en Los Ángeles, San Diego, Ensenada, Tecate y Mexicali.

La junta directiva de COFAC esta integrada por artistas, administradores de arte, promotores culturales, educadores, periodistas, y empresarios de las artes."
tijuana  sandiego  pasadena  art  culture  todo  tecate  mexicali  ensenada  bajacalifornia  losangeles  california  us  mexico  cofac 
march 2010 by robertogreco
The Arroyo Seco Bikeway
"The idea of bikeway that links Pasadena and Los Angeles has fascinated bicyclists and planner for more then one hundred years. It's eminently doable -- only ten miles and spectacular scenery. It would be fun, healthy and a great transporation alternative."
via:javierarbona  california  place  losangeles  geography  pasadena  bikes  biking  landscape  transport  infrastructure  urbanism  space  history  cities  transportation 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Pasadena Weekly - Separate and unequal - Nowhere in California is the gap between rich and poor greater than in Pasadena
"In many respects, Pasadena is a tale of two cities, and gentrification is exacerbating the gap between rich and poor. Pasadena's median household income increased from $51,233 in 2005 to $59,301 in 2006 -- a dramatic 15.7 percent boost in just one year. But this jump in income is not because Pasadena's existing residents got big pay raises from generous employers. It is because the people moving to Pasadena are increasingly those with high incomes, while those with low incomes are being pushed out of the city. In other words, the city's prosperity is not being widely shared, but pitting the affluent against the poor and working class for the city's scarce housing."
pasadena  2007  pasadenaweekly  wealth  gentrification  inequality  disparity  incomes  housing 
august 2009 by robertogreco
the sky is big in pasadena
"A daily photoblog of Pasadena, CA. Join me as I explore the city!"
pasadena  blogs  photography 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Pasadena Weekly - Thanks for the memories
"A history of the people and events that shaped the past 25 years"
pasadena  history  80s  90s  00s  pasadenaweekly 
july 2009 by robertogreco
"To Fight the Good Fight"
"It is unclear whether or not, as some PFT officials believed, Pasadena was a test case for the right-wing nationally to see if the anti- busing slogan could be used to succeed in getting local school districts to abandon federal programs and return to traditional education, weed out educators that did not support the right wing, and purge the curriculum of "unacceptable" materials. However, the actions of the board and the progressives' reactions provide strong evidence that the motives of the fundamentalists were much broader than a purely racist agenda. The evidence reviewed proves that the board dominated by Myers, Vetterli, and Newton during the mid-1970s had paranoid and extremist right-wing ideological beliefs and that they tried to mold these beliefs into school district policy through their philosophy of fundamental education. "
pasadena  politics  history  busing  schools  publicschools  education  desegregation  1970  government 
july 2009 by robertogreco
YouTube - Early Controversy Over Busing in Southern California
"This news clip from 1970 focuses on the start of desegregation-via-busing in the Pasadena school district and the signing of an anti-busing bill by California Gov. Ronald Reagan. A much larger controversy later surrounded busing in the Los Angeles Unified School District, since that district covered many more students. Busing in L.A. and elsewhere in California was largely halted by litigation and the passage of a ballot initiative in the early 1980s."
pasadena  busing  schools  history  ronaldreagan  1970  desegregation 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Desegregation busing in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In 1970 a federal court ordered desegregation of public schools in Pasadena. At that time, the proportion of white students in those schools reflected proportion of whites in community, 54% & 53%, respectively. After the desegregation process began, large numbers of whites in the upper & middle classes who could afford it pulled their children from the integrated public school system & placed them into private schools instead. As a result, by 2004 Pasadena became home to 63 private schools, which educated 1/3 of all school-aged children in the city & the proportion of white students in the public schools had fallen to 16%. (In the mean time, proportion of whites in community has declined somewhat as well, to 37% in 2006) The superintendent of Pasadena's public schools characterized them as being to whites "like the bogey-man," and mounted policy changes, including a curtailment of busing, & a publicity drive to induce affluent whites to put their children back into public schools."
pasadena  history  california  1970  privateschools  publicschools  busing  desegregation 
july 2009 by robertogreco
COFAC Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura
"Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC) Border Council of Arts and Culture is an international non profit arts organization based in Tijuana, Baja California. Mexico and Pasadena, California USA, with conections in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ensenada, Tecate and Mexicali."
art  culture  mexico  tijuana  pasadena  sandiego  us  borders  losangeles 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Southland freeway interchanges
"I hold the unusual view that Los Angeles is probably America's most beautiful city."
losangeles  tylercowen  freeways  cities  pasadena 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Flopdoodle Store: Bispop Gallery
"The official retail location for all TB stuff is located in beautiful Old Town Pasadena, CA. The shop is located inside of the Johnson Motors Store. Bispop Gallery features everything from original artwork to store exclusive items (that means you can't get them anywhere else)."

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toys  galleries  pasadena  glvo  losangeles  art  graphics 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Removing Cars to Create Public Space | Planetizen
"Cars dominate cities, especially in America. But as many cities in other countries have found, removing cars can turn busy streets into lively public places. Now the U.S. is starting to catch on."
cities  us  bikes  urbanism  sustainability  streets  cars  culture  urban  landscape  bogotá  pasadena 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Bikeway or the Highway - March/April 2008 - Sierra Magazine - Sierra Club
"IN 1900, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS CREATED a futuristic traffic structure catering to the mechanical marvel of the day--the bicycle. It opened along a corridor known as the Arroyo Seco, named for the seasonal stream that flows from the San Gabriel Mountains and enters the Los Angeles River just north of downtown Los Angeles. It was part of a grand plan to connect Los Angeles to Pasadena through an eight-mile "great transit artery." A Pasadena mayor, Horace Dobbins, provided the start-up funds to create an elevated, multilane, wooden "cycleway," complete with streetlights and gazebo turnouts."
transportation  history  bikes  losangeles  california  via:migurski  pasadena 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Next American City » Daily Report » Is It True That Nobody Walks in L.A.?
"Regardless, on the Sunday following Independence Day, I had the chance to stroll among a classic site of successful suburban downtown redevelopment: Pasadena. And the person largely responsible for Old Town Pasadena’s turnaround is Rick Cole, the city’s mayor and a council member during the 1980s and early 1990s. By advocating for smart growth and traditional neighborhood design, Rick transitioned emphasis from automobile-oriented development to pedestrian-oriented community building. Now Pasadena is a premier, mixed-use city with a distinct sense of place. That’s helped of course by such venues as the Rose Bowl and the geography of the San Gabriel Valley, but Pasadena’s revived urban fabric is what truly distinguishes the city."
pasadena  losangeles  walking  urban  urbanism  transportation  rickcole 
august 2008 by robertogreco
YouTube - Caribbean PVC Marimba Children's Orchestra
"Michael Greiner created this set of plastic pipe marimbas. On this clip are three generations of prototypes designed to be low cost for use by childrens' programming."
music  instruments  percussion  pasadena  make  diy  classideas  children  video  performance  losangeles 
june 2008 by robertogreco - Statewide home sales fall
"Locally, Pasadena took the biggest hit, with a year-over-year price drop of 30.1 percent from December 2006."
losangeles  pasadena  housing  homes  bubbles  housingbubble  markets  ouch 
january 2008 by robertogreco
No room for error- Pasadena Weekly
"Cyclists still feel squeezed and scared in ‘bike-friendly’ Pasadena"
bikes  local  pasadena  losangeles  history  safety  health  transportation 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Good Education
"As "graphic design" becomes more difficult to define, Art Center's head of department has some novel ideas for his students"
graphics  design  artcenter  local  education  colleges  universities  students  teaching  pasadena  accd  interviews  curriculum  altgdp  classes  work  internships 
april 2007 by robertogreco
LA Weekly - A Terrible Thing to Waste
"Convicted as an ecoterrorist, a brilliant young scholar nose-dives in prison UPDATE: Excerpts of letters from Billy Cottrell in prison"
prison  terrorism  environment  activism  ecoterrorism  autism  local  losangeles  caltech  pasadena  science  psychology  justice 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Path to Freedom
local family that was profiled in the LA Times - they homestead on a lot in Pasadena
local  losangeles  pasadena  homesteading  agriculture  alternative  california  community  craft  ecology  diy  efficiency  energy  environment  food  living  simplicity  sustainability  urban  howto  green 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Letterpress - Art - Report - New York Times
"Letterpress, which became obsolete in the 1980s with the rise of desktop publishing, is experiencing a resurgence as artists and consumers rediscover the allure of hand-set type. It is still a specialty craft."
art  design  printing  letterpress  typography  typeface  glvo  local  losangeles  pasadena 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Archinect : Entry2006/Open House exhibitioin in OMA-designed Zollverein bldg. on flickr
"flickr photoset with numerous pics of the Entry2006 Exhibitions in OMA-designed reused Kohlenwasche building at Zollverein, including Open House: Architecture & Technology for Intelligent Living featuring classic 'houses of the future' alongside new ones
remkoolhaas  photography  architecture  events  local  losangeles  pasadena  oma 
october 2006 by robertogreco

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