Ouch. The start of one car living

Ouch. The start of one car living


It took almost 48 years, but I recently had my first car accident. Luckily everyone was OK, but my 2002 car ended up being totaled by the insurance company. The payout was fair, but I'm not ready to dive into a new car purchase. With a dog, love for camping and travel, and a concern for fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions, it was time to swtich from a BMW coupe to something that would be more practical. We're looking for a smaller version of something like the Subaru Outback. But it seems as though Americans love their bigger cars -- as the size of most have grown over the years. I'd buy the Subaru Crosstrek in a heartbeat, but the engine is woefully underpowered and I'm confident that it would drive me crazy.
A Crosswalk Too Far

A Crosswalk Too Far


Streetsblog draws attention to how the proverbial deck is stacked against pedestrians in our auto-centric culture. I've encountered so many situations here in LA where those who walk are second class citizens, but these are some incredible examples as to how planners don't keep walkers in mind.

Carnegie Road in Cleveland is dreadful. Running just south of downtown, it is so frequently interrupted by highway exits, it’s more of a high-speed off ramp to somewhere else than a part of the city. Chris Stocking singled out this area — Carnegie by East 9th Street — for its utter un-traversibility.

Were one to walk from the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown to the popular Aladdin’s Restaurant on the other side of the street, the journey would be nearly a quarter mile.

flxble wood bike rack

flxble wood bike rack


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailVery cool flexible wood bike rack from Germany. Need to get someone to bring one to IBC. According to the folks at Urban Velo, it’s made out of a single piece of wood. http://www.flxble.com/
Bike lanes

Bike lanes


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailThanks to my friend Mike Seymour for giving me the heads up on this video. <iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/bzE-IMaegzQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’

Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailIn just a few short months, I’m realizing that pedestrians in LA are truly second-class citizens compared to cars. There’s a mythology about how respectful cars are towards pedestrians here, but it’s false. So much is stacked against an enjoyable … read more
Apps I Love: Triage

Apps I Love: Triage


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailI get an enormous volume of email every day, with several hundred received every 24 hours. Dealing with the volume is minimized a bit by utilizing Gmail filtering, which is absolutely brilliant. When mail is received, it gets filed into … read more
Apps I Love: Alfred

Apps I Love: Alfred


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailThe next offering in the “Apps I Love” series is Alfred, a killer application launcher. If you’ve never used an application launcher before (Quicksilver was a previous standard), they are great for quickly navigating through your system. But the thing … read more
Apps I Love: Fantastical

Apps I Love: Fantastical


TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+EmailIt may seem as though I’m calendar-obsessed, but frankly it’s a critical part of what we do in the collaborative workflow of fxguide and fxphd. In the Chicago offices, we have several calendars which we use to track production, term … read more