Screen from Transit Alliance

Visualizing Transit Reliability in Realtime: The Miami organization Transit Alliance has done a nice visualization of transit reliability on that city’s rail transit system. It looks at the system right now and shows how many trains are running late. It’s important to note here that late does not mean behind schedule. It means that the maximum wait time is longer than scheduled, by a given number of minutes. (That’s the only rational way to talk about reliability in high-frequency services.)

Parks for People: Stories of Park Design and Landscape Architecture Advocacy from Los Angeles: “In her lecture, [landscape architect] Toni Kjer will discuss how high-quality parks and close-to-home open spaces provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents and cities themselves, including economic, physical and mental health, community-building and environmental benefits. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) works to ensure everyone has access to a great park within a 10-minute walk of their home and easy access to green spaces and wilderness. In urban areas, TPL works in low-income, park-poor neighborhoods to create and improve parks and remake unused, polluted alleys into green public spaces.”

Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future: “Rejecting flashy forms in favor of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect — poised to become world famous for his stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — is trying to reinvent his entire trade.”

Blue Line in Long Beach to close for a total of eight months next year to undergo $300 million renovation: “The agency plans to add four new switches that allow trains to move quicker, new signals, new tracks in downtown Long Beach and improvements at street level intersections, especially at the Washington Boulevard and Flower Street junction near downtown Los Angeles where cars have crashed into trains, causing significant delays.”

8 photos shot by Ansel Adams of 1940s Los Angeles: “One such job for Fortune magazine in the early 1940s sent him to Los Angeles to shoot photos for a piece on the area’s booming aviation industry. He left with more than 200 photos that capture what the city was like at the time…The photos, now in the digital collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, were first on public display in February 2012 at the Downtown LA gallery drkrm, part of that year’s annual, multi-institution Pacific Standard Time series.”

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