Map by Adam Linder.

Map by Adam Linder.

Could LA’s rail system ever look like this?: “But imagine it’s 2056, and the city’s wildest public transportation dreams have come true: LAX is accessible by rail, new lines stretch out into the valley, and the Purple Line has finally overcome a barrage of lawsuits and made it out to Westwood. Now what? Remember, Metro wants its tax bump to last forever. Well, Adam Linder, who made that gif, has some ideas, and he’s even made a visual representation of what they are. He calls it the 2090 map.”

If you build it, will they have to leave?: “A team of researchers at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created an interactive mapping tool to help community leaders better understand the effects of new light-rail and subway projects and related developments — especially on low-income communities.”

Concrete, A Necessary Evil In the L.A. River’s Ecosystem: “Decades after the river’s confinement, the city is at the cusp of changing its river once again. It has been working towards regaining some of the ecologic functions it had lost when engineers wrapped the waterway in concrete. As the city makes its decisions about the river’s future, it is called upon to be sensitive to all life that has managed to grow around it, despite its not-so-green surroundings. How can Los Angeles respect what is already in the river today while moving toward a greener future for the river?”

The Rain Barrel People: “There are a variety of options to absorb or reuse runoff— green roofs, for example—but to make a big difference, you need a lot of people, and to get a lot of people, you need simple, affordable solutions. In an urban area where rain falls on thousands of privately held plots, that means handling these problems one household at a time. Rain barrels, which cost a few hundred dollars, are just the thing.”

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights: “A team from MIT published a study in the journal PLoS One examining a radical proposal: Get rid of the stoplights completely. Led by Senseable City Lab’s Carlo Ratti and Paolo Santi of the Ambient Mobility Lab, the paper proposes something called a “slot-based” intersection, or SI, where cars and infrastructure communicate through an algorithm that choreographs a graceful dance of vehicle platoons through an intersection.”

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