Photo: Ben Thomas

Photo: Ben Thomas

Cityshrinker: Photographer Ben Thomas shrinks the world, one photo at a time using the technique the now popular and ubiquitous tilt-shift technique. Even years later his images from the series Cityshrinker and Tiny Tokyo are still amongst the best executed for a bird’ eye view of cities.

Twelve communities in L.A. County before and after transit: “Metro this year is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Metro Rail, which began in 1990 with the opening of the Blue Line between Los Angeles and Long Beach. It’s fair to say Los Angeles has come a long way since and some neighborhoods near Metro stations have changed considerably. The maps below help show the places where that is happening.”

Public Transit Does Not Have to Reduce Traffic Congestion to Succeed: “It’s common, if not almost required, for major transit projects in the U.S. to carry promises of traffic relief…There’s just the little problem of the evidence. With few exceptions, studies tend to find limited signs that transit has much of an impact on nearby road congestion.”

What We Really Mean When We Talk About Urban Crowding: “The crowded agoras of the world’s largest megacities offer some of modernity’s most fascinating scenes. This is partly because there is, as I see it, a reactionary dread toward crowds. Think of the pejoratives levied on them: droves, herds, hoards, legions, masses, mobs, packs, rabbles, swarms. Planners go to drastic lengths creating separation, committing immeasurable social resources toward antisocial yard-and-car suburbs…”

Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into ‘Ephemeral Works’: “British artist Andy Goldsworthy works in the fields and forests near his home in Scotland using natural elements as his media. His pieces have a tendency to collapse, decay and melt, but, as he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “It’s not about art. It’s just about life and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last.””


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