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Downtown Freeway Cap Park Reemerges: “The proposal to build park space above the U.S. 101 freeway’s Downtown Slot has been quiet for some time, but don’t count the project as dead quite yet. Representatives of Park 101 have begun circulating updated information on the project, which would cap four blocks between Grand Avenue and Los Angeles Street.”

As the Public Realm Merges With the Workplace, How Will Our Cities Change?: “Parks, plazas, courtyards, and semi-public places like cafés are often full of people working. Knowledge workers require significant flexibility in where and how they conduct collaborative versus focused work, and they need spaces to recharge; the public realm may help meet these demands. While an understanding of the motivations that drive knowledge workers is best left to further research, their participation in the public realm is undeniable, reflecting its value in the creation of intellectual capital.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti Thinks A Monorail Might Be The Answer To L.A. Traffic: “On KNX-AM, Garcetti praised the efficiency of a new monorail system in China, pointing to evolving technology from BYD Motors—a Chinese electric car and bus company that opened a North American headquarter in Downtown L.A. in 2011—as an improvement that could make the future of the Los Angeles monorail more viable.”

An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Forest: “Akron, Ohio hopes to fight urban inequality by removing a divisive highway. Other cities across America are looking into doing the same.”

In Praise of June Gloom, L.A.’s Most Underappreciated Weather Event: “People may praise L.A.’s copious supply of sunshine or wax poetic about the Santa Ana Winds, but if there’s one weather event in Southern California that is woefully underappreciated, it’s June Gloom. It’s the calm before the summer swelter, the two or three months of moody and mild weather that precede the scalding months of July, August and September.”

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