FROM Stewart Reed
Looking for Sexy and Green at the LA Auto Show After raising 20 billion-dollars in the first day of trading, it’s not Government Motors any more, although taxpayers still own a big share of GM. But the big news about cars in LA is the Auto Show, which opens to the public tomorrow at the Convention Center.
LA Biking Gets Momentum Ciclovias , or days where streets are closed to cars, began as popular events in Bogota, Colombia and have spread to European and American cities, like New York's Summer Streets . Now LA is enjoying its first ciclovia, aptly-named CicLAvia , on 10/10/10. CicLAvia board member Amanda Bromberg says the event is an important one for the city. CicLAvia has full support from one very influential local cyclist. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he's working with activists like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to craft the Los Angeles Bike Plan , which proposes hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bike paths, and "bike friendly" streets. Then, Art Center College of Design Transportation Chair Stewart Reed discusses biomorphic bikes, including the Felt AR series of high-performance road bike, which could help commuters mount the unique challenges of urban cycling in LA. Finally, Frances looks at the month's calendar of design and architectural events, including Santa Monica's massive art party, GLOW . Santa Monica's cultural affairs manager Jessica Cusick talks about what's planned for GLOW this weekend. Image: Geoff McFetridge's poster reminds drivers to give bikers three feet of margin
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.