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Editorial: CicLAvia Pasadena much more than a cycling festival (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
The editorial likes the event and would like to see Colorado Boulevard closed to cars much more often:
Two lanes should be taken out every other day. Parklets should bloom along its curbs. Whole blocks should be shut down to traffic much of the time for farmers markets and other strolling-oriented commerce. Wouldn’t that be anti-business? The reverse is true. You can discover a lot more, and buy a lot more, on foot than zooming by at 35 mph. Come Sunday, walkers and riders going the whole route will see places they had no idea existed before. Colorado is paralleled by two one-way streets, Union and Green, that can…
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Bike Week LA and CalTrans Museum in Downtown Los Angeles invite proposals from artists in any media, including video and performance art, for Color Wheels: the LA County Community Bicycle Art Show, a juried exhibit that will take place May 1 to May 31, 2015.
The subject of the show is bicycles and the artist’s relationship to cycling in Los Angeles. The goal is to create a venue to share your stories, experience, perspective, and representations of bicycles as we celebrate our joyful means of mobility.
Submissions must include digital photos and a description of the art, including size and installation requirements. Please also include a short artist’s statement. Submission deadline is Friday, April 3, 2015. For more information or to submit your entry, email BikeWeekLA@metro.net.
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Proceeds benefit Friends of the Castle Green restoration projects.
The historic Castle Green invites you to experience it on a more intimate level than usual. Situated between Raymond Avenue and Fair Oaks Blvd., at the gateway to Old Pasadena since 1898. Designed by Frederick Roehrig in an alluring mixture of Moorish, Turkish and Victorian style. The building is one of the most important and unique icons in all of Southern California. Certainly, the most exotic place in Pasadena.
The salons, library (Bridge of Sighs), sunroom, ballroom, halls and original elevator provide a completely unique experience for visitors. Once a luxurious escape from the cold winters of the East and Midwest, some tour-goers claim to have heard haunting laughter and old music coming from unknown sources.
The building is one of the most rare of all National Historic Places because of its model of self-sustainability. While many beautiful old buildings…
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The City of Pasadena is in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan (with the amusing acronym of UFMP or U-FuMP) which will greatly affect the way Pasadena manages its trees. All are encouraged to participate. Please take a few minutes to fill the short online survey. You don’t have to write in any comments, though that is the best way to express your support for trees. Pasadena’s tree plan will set an influential precedent for surrounding communities, including Altadena and La Canada Flintridge.
Urban Forest Management Plan 10 Question Survey:
Find the survey announcement and upcoming Urban Forestry Advisory Committee meeting info. (11 Feb, 6pm) below. Also copied below are important tree survey questions along with my own answers. You may share similar concerns, or a very different perspective, or other ideas? The important thing is to participate before the survey ends on 17 February 2015 so that Pasadena will have broad input from which to update its policies regarding trees.
Thanks for your involvement! Trees cannot speak for themselves; therefore, we must speak on their behalf.
This survey is an initial step in the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). Community input is instrumental in shaping Pasadena’s public tree polices and will be included as an essential component of the UFMP. Pasadena Public Works has retained local environmental firm Dudek to update and consolidate Pasadena’s public tree management practices, tree protection guidelines, and tree ordinance information into one document called the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP).
Stump of the once magnificent shade tree that Vroman’s (Joel Sheldon) wanted cut down because it blocked the remodeled store’s sign. How is the “worth” of an 80 year old, healthy tree calculated and for who’s benefit?
There is insufficient notification to the public when a particular tree is threatened with a request for removal. Mature trees are valued by passersby, shoppers, residents, those waiting at bus stops under the tree’s shade, even drivers who admire a tree’s beauty on a commute; however, if a request for removal is filed with the City and comes before UFAC, few of those who care for a tree know it may be cut down and why. Then, suddenly, there is shock, anger and sadness when a beloved tree is unexpectedly cut down. By then, it is too late to speak up for the tree, which may be half a century or more old and part of local memories. There needs to be more public notification of requests to remove mature trees so that those who care for a particular tree have an opportunity to oppose (or, in rare cases, to support) its destruction.
As policies stands, UFAC accepts public input, but only when notice about a tree has been “leaked” by a concerned neighbor, found out some way by accident, or otherwise haphazardly made public knowledge. If the Tree Protection Ordinance is to work, then there needs to be website information about permit requests as well as advanced notice posted near the tree so that everyone knows about plans to remove that tree, why the removal is thought necessary, and by whom. Sometimes, when a shop owner or the City or whomever decides to remove a tree due to some problem, that problem can be solved or mitigated creatively without cutting down the tree. More ideas can be explored if more citizens are allowed to suggest alternatives.
And now there is a law suit.
Thanks so much.
You had to push us to this.
I know, change is hard.
Your plan sucks.
You don’t listen.
To donate to the cause:
You just don’t listen to reason.
Originally posted on Dianne Patrizzi:
December 16, 2013, the Pasadena City Council amazes. Here are video highlights from that meeting.
Victor Gordo makes sane and reverent comment on the subject of Hahamongna. What a beautiful way to turn it around. Mr. Gordo said he favors the slower and smaller approach to Los Angeles CountyPublic Works Sediment Management Draft EIR, an alternative proffered by Tim Brick. :::
Margaret McAustin wants the position to be much stronger … strongest possible language. The City of Pasadena assert their legal ownership and rights. All agree. :::
Originally posted on One woman. Many bicycles.:
For over two years I’m shared snippets of my everyday life in the Bike Commute Diaries series. Now, thanks to a local reporter writing a story on the future of bikes on Caltrain, you can follow me on a typical morning commute, hyperlapsed from about 60 minutes into four fast minutes. The video captures everything I love about my commute: relaxing on the train, popping into a coffee shop for a latte to go, cruising down the banks of the Guadalupe River, and chatting with friends I’ve met along the way. Thank you, Caltrain, for making it possible.
For more on the future of bikes on Caltrain, read the full story from the Peninsula Press.
About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve seen and learned while bicycling for transportation.