After much delay and discussion we are happy to re-launch Longbeachize as a website for news and opinion pieces on bicycling and transportation, open space, planning and public health in L.A. County’s second largest city. We envision the website to be a sort of hybrid between the original Longbeachize and Streetsblog, with the bulk of the writing coming from Brian Addison, one of the editor’s of the Long Beach Post and a contributor to Streetsblog Los Angeles.
Readers of the original Longbeachize should expect some writing similar to the stories written by Baktaash and Stephanie a couple of years ago mixed in with coverage of the other issues including Long Beach Transit, the Terminal Island Freeway Tear-Down, and the upcoming municipal elections. If you’re not familiar with Brian’s work, we’ve uploaded some of his recent Streetsblog stories into the website. Take a moment and check them out.
Readers of Streetsblog who are familiar with Addison’s work should expect more of the same mixed with stories about the bike and community culture that makes Long Beach something different than a run-of-the-mill mid-sized American city.
Things besides the “most bike friendly city in America” sculpture on City Hall.
“Long Beach is home to one of Southern California’s most vibrant biking and pedestrian-oriented communities. Tack onto this the fact that it harbors one of the nation’s largest ports, an increasingly active urban design culture, and a triad educational structure that is inherently connected to the employment and creative sphere, it becomes clear that the discussion of the implications of these structures in a city as large as Long Beach becomes essential,” writes Addison.
But we don’t intend for Longbeachize to turn into “Brian’s blog.” In addition to contributions from our Board of Advisors, I’ll personally lead some salon-style conversations about the city on Socal Streetstube’s Google Hangout/YouTube page or written out here on this page.
We’re really excited about this new venture. Join us back here tomorrow for our first real story on Long Beach’s upcoming Mayoral Race.
Longbeachize will launch with the support of the Long Beach Community Foundation through their partnership with the Knight Foundation, the Vida Feliz Foundation, and Pocrass and De Los Reyes Personal Injury Attorneys LLC.
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