For those out there who occasionally like to purchase food outside of the normal distribution networks (although why we don’t just blindly believe that FDA ‘oversight’ of un-inspected food processing factories keeps us safe is beyond me), there is bad news. Grist.org is reporting that “Raids are increasing on farms and private food-supply clubs“, and has some handy tips for anyone involved in such a project for protecting themselves and the project. Sad, but recommended reading.
Here is a very interesting 3 minute clip talking about why global warming is challenging to motivate people to care about, and why the Prius succeeded:
Well, there is sometimes some debate about where the boundaries of neighborhoods lie in this city of overlapping ethnicities, immigrant communities, and traffic everywhere, but the LATimes has maps and data about their ‘official’ boundaries, drawn from a questionnaire filled out by thousands of LA residents and LATimes readers:
Well, this is super nerdy, and obscure, and probably totally unnecessary, but a friend of a friend just posted a tear-down and re-build document about his STI shifters that failed and he fixed himself:
For those of us who have lots of time and little money, fix sh-t up!!!
Thanks, as usual, to BoingBoing for the great news that Google has FINALLY implemented Cycling Directions. While it is far from perfect, it is clearly a major step in the right direction. Check out this example route from the LAEV neighborhood to UCLA. I would never actually take this route, but it is still FAR better than just taking Wilshire…
The LATimes today has yet another great post/article about LA Bike messengers (LATimes calls them couriers, but we know better 🙂 )chasing down a bike thief, knocking him off the stolen bike, and returning the bike to its owner. Anyone here know who they were?
As the LATimes just reported, a sea change may be in the works for mobile food culture in LA. Within several weeks, a parking lot at South Alameda Street and Traction Avenue downtown will open to host food trucks several days a week. This follows several years of crackdowns on taco trucks and other mobile food vendors, as reported by http://saveourtacotrucks.org/ and others.
Why is this relevant to the LAEV neighborhood and community? For one thing, our neighborhood is full of vendors, mostly Latino, selling food on the street, both licensed (selling out of officially permitted trucks), and illicit (selling off tables, shopping carts, and small portable grills). The crackdown on legal food trucks, which involved forcing them to move ever 30 to 60 minutes, essentially amounted to a crackdown on a specific aspect of Latino culture by driving a major food tradition illegal and underground. I hope that this food truck court indicates a willingness on the City of LA’s part to acknowledge that the practice of street food deserves a place in this city.
Additionally, I’m fascinated by the growth of so-called ‘fusion’ food trucks, mixing the various food cultures from the area (Korean tacos, Mediterranean falafel burritos, etc). I have sadly seen these trucks harassed and driven out of several neighborhoods around LA (frequently before I even got to try their food, perhaps part of my bitterness). One of the main reasons I love our neighborhood is that I can walk 6 blocks or less to get food from at least 5 major world cultures, and I’m excited that this mix is creating something new.
As usual, we are following far behind in the tracks of Portland, a city whose transit, bike, and food cultures make me wish I liked rain more, but any more in the direction of better transit and better food makes me happy. Expo line, anyone?