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Alumni Avenue Traffic Calming

Alumni Avenue is a fairly pleasant street to cycle on due to low traffic volumes, this is perhaps why the street is a designated bike route. However, this doesn’t mean the street couldn’t be made better for cycling or benefit … Continue reading

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Walking to the store at the start of rainy season

Walking to the grocery store after the first rain of the year! The sky is so nice, the air so fresh. The start of rainy season is always a happy moment. Months of summer city dust are washed off every … Continue reading

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Rules for bike commuting

My first rule of bike commuting: never bike when I am in a rush. Biking can be risky enough as it is, and feeling rushed causes one to deliberately take more risks. Moreover, being in a rush makes me focus … Continue reading

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Beth Ellenwood Newhan’s “accepted mode of transportation….”

Originally from Iowa, Mrs. Beth Ellenwood Newhan settled in Eagle Rock in 1902. The Ellenwoods’ home was situated on the corner of Hill and Ellenwood, and their property encompassed 32.5 acres around. After marriage, she moved a short distance to … Continue reading

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Biking in Northeast LA ca. 1906

Rounding out Eagle Rock’s Centennial Year, ┬áhere begins a series of posts about modes of transportation, 100 years ago in Northeast Los Angeles. For the full list of Centennial themed posts, see the above “Centennial” tab. A trip through Eagle … Continue reading

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Above all…

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so … Continue reading

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some simple things that make me happy

Having several free hours in front of me, the air is cool, the sky full of colors, and I can take a walk knowing I can go anywhere I choose to go, stopping any time I feel like it Surveying … Continue reading

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The Roadside Gardening Club

This post on The Next Small Thing embodies a little bit of the spirit of the late John Stillion, I think.

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the value of design in the public realm

I grew into a job (or rather, a job grew around me) where I use design to help plant people to communicate with the public. My colleagues who inquire into the secrets of plants for a living do not necessarily … Continue reading

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Not that we would be condoning this….

I picked up a book from the library last week, “The Great Neighborhood Book” by Jay Walljasper and Project for Public Spaces.┬áHere is an excerpt discussing the origin of woonerfs: … residents of one neighborhood were fed up with cars … Continue reading

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