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Santa Monica's Expo Stations, L.A. River & HSR, "LA Beyond Cars," Less Pavement, Bendable Bikes & More

110 Freeway Improvement Project To Begin; Section Will Be Closed Nightly [Every Other] Weekend
Los Angeles Times

As Los Angeles's River Runs Again, Designers Determine Its Course ("California's High Speed Rail system — the impending train network linking the state's major cities — is also intertwined with the river's future. Piggy Backyard is walking distance from Union Station, where the city's high-speed rail station will be constructed, and any routes in or out of that station must pass over (or under) the river channel.")
About Railroads, The River, And The Piggyback Yard
Piggyback Yard: A Friends Of The Los Angeles River Central City Initiative
The Piggyback Yard Conceptual Master Plan (62p. PDF)

Bay Bridge Gateway Park Plans Move Forward (Plans for converting unused space into vibrant community asset when a major transportation project opens in 2013)
The Dirt: Connecting The Built & Natural Environments

Blue Line 20-Year Progress Report
MetroRider LA

Bridge Over Untroubled Waters: Glendale Looks To Build Pedestrian Pathway To Griffith Park
Los Angeles Times

Citizens Plan Town Halls On I-5 Expansion Plans: Opponents Worried Caltrans Meetings Will Be Too Controlled
North County Times

City Officials Weigh in On Exposition Light Rail Stations
Santa Monica Daily Press

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes (video : captivating film shows how Copenhagen has fully embraced bicycling as a primary mode of transportation: nearly 38% of all transportation trips are via bike)

Gail Goldberg Retires: TPR Reader Quotes -- Whither Planning In The City Of L.A.?
The Planning Report

In A New Decade, During A New Recession, Cities Are Going Back To Public Transit
(The American Institute of Architects discovers that architects are finding work redesigning stations, and that a new focus on transit is driving development)
AIA Practicing Architecture

The Incredible Shrinking American City

LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective On Rail And Public Space
("This Idea Box exhibit will be a multimedia experience showcasing concepts, ideas, and musings from around the world on the future of Los Angeles, a future beyond just cars. Opening on July 29, the exhibit will run through the month of August in the Jewel Box at City National Plaza, 525 S. Flower Street.")
Rail LA

Less Beeping, More Biking: 10-10-10 Is The Day Bikes Will Rule L.A.
(although the CicLAvia website still lists the date as September 12)
NBC Los Angeles

NYC Project Uses Off-Hours Deliveries To Fight Gridlock; A Safe, Effective Model For Cities Across America
U.S. DOT Fast Lanes Blog

Open Letter To Streetsbloggers
(Turns out that StreetsBlog LA will continue publishing beyond July after all)
StreetsBlog LA

Past On Parade: Pasadena Municipal Electric Railroad
Pasadena Star-News

Plan Calls For Tolls: Some Car Pool Lanes Would Be Switched
San Bernardino Sun

Rail Plan Could Cut Through Cornfield: Activists Worry That Proposed Route Would Shutter Los Angeles State Historic Park For Years
Los Angeles Downtown News

Remember When: The Day The Blue Line Opened
Southern California News Wire

Roads To Ruin: Towns Rip Up The Pavement
Wall Street Journal

Senators Aim To Reintroduce Transportation Into Climate Bill Debate
StreetsBlog DC

Should Federal Government Front Money For Transportation Projects?
National Journal Transportation Blog

This Bendable Bike Can Tie Itself To Any Post

Transformational Transportation: Panel Discussion (July 30 : "RailLA is a joint effort between the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association with the specific purpose of increasing public awareness of the benefits inherent in integrating high-speed rail into our cities, most notably, at first, in Los Angeles")
Rail LA

TSA Chief Plans To Put A Higher Priority On Mass-Transit Security
Mass Transit

Urban Lands Of Opportunity
(People used to follow jobs, but now they pick a city whose "thick labor markets and greater economic opportunities," will support a variety of lifestyles and vocations. "We are now at the cusp of a far-reaching movement — with the magnetic pull of urban centers strengthening our economy and leading to a more seamless blending of work and life.")
New York Times

Weigh In On High Speed Rail Station Designs
Los Angeles Downtown News

What Does Wall Street Really Say About HSR?
California High Speed Rail Blog