Why CicLAvia?

CicLAvia is incredible. It’s 100,000+ people in the center of Los Angeles and not a car in sight. It has to be seen to be believed, and it’s happening again soon. Yes, it’s about bicycles, but it’s also about people, and getting them engaged again with the city around them.  

Cities belong to those who love them the most, and CicLAvia inspires a lot of love. It is a shock to the system— a one day reset to a status quo where everyday life for many is being stuck in a car. It blows right through a host of outdated preconceptions about how we interact with our urban environment. Even for those in love with their vehicle, after you’ve been to a CicLAvia, it doesn’t seem odd to cycle down to the bar to meet a few friends, or to walk to the grocery store instead of drive.

For many, CicLAvia is also an opportunity to see Downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods with new eyes. These are distinct and wonderful neighborhoods that are places to enjoy rather than simply drive through. You’ll hear parents tell their kids that they haven’t been to Downtown in years, but now they want to come back, and that they want to take another weekend trip on the Gold Line. You’ll hear people rediscovering their city. And once that happens, they want to do more, see more, and take ownership of their surroundings.

CicLAvia is Los Angeles at its best: showcasing the diversity and uniqueness of its people and neighborhoods while simultaneously knitting them together. CicLAvia is incredible, it’s coming soon, and it needs your help.

Donate now! The Kickstarter ends today: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cicLAvia/ciclavia-2012

See also, a great post at LA Streetsblog http://la.streetsblog.org/2012/04/04/ciclavia-needs-your-help-pledge-your-support-on-kick-starter/

and at Steven White’s blog http://steven-white.com/2012/04/04/ciclavia-experience-your-city/.

Thanks to Steven White for coaxing out a written post.

Giant Coca-Cola bottle at the Los Angeles bottling plant. Can my coke come with a golden mosaic behind it?

Giant Coca-Cola bottle at the Los Angeles bottling plant. Can my coke come with a golden mosaic behind it?

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skibinskipedia:

This absolutely incredible home was the private residence of noted mid-century modern designer and builder Rodney Walker (1910-1986). The 4,300 square foot house designed by Walker himself was completed in 1959 and features a large open living space with 17 foot high ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the Ojai Valley. The home is currently listed at just under 4 million by Crosby Doe Associates.

Much, much more Walker at the most excellent Mid-Centuria.

[Photography by Mayoral.]

 drops the phone.

Gorgeous home. And on the market, I believe. 

Horatio West Court. Irving Gill, 1921. Santa Monica Historic Landmark.

Horatio West Court. Irving Gill, 1921. Santa Monica Historic Landmark.

Main Library, Seattle. I love the neon green escalators.

Main Library, Seattle. I love the neon green escalators.