Lack of Uproar in Long Beach Over the 710 Freeway Expansion—With 400 People Being Displaced—Is Egregious

by    in Opinion, Streets & Urban Design
For our full coverage on the 710 Freeway project, click here. **** Photo by Brian Addison. This piece entirely altered within the span of two minutes while on my walk to work this morning. Its original headline was going...
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Metro & Caltrans Want You to Believe the 710 Expansion Is Good—Here’s Why It’s Not Good at All

by    in Opinion, Streets & Urban Design, Transit
I’ve been writing about the 710 Freeway expansion project since 2013 and in those five years, one thing is clear: the possible expansion is not just a random, asphalt-driven undertaking; it is one of the largest infrastructural proposals in...
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Long Beach Hurdles over Politics and NIMBYs to Create a ‘New Model’ for Mental Health Advocacy

by    in Opinion
Rendering courtesy of Mental Health America, Los Angeles. I’ll never forget the day when, in October of 2012, Long Beach resident Joe Sopo stood in front of the City Council and said this about a proposed mental health facility...
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Original Blue Line Train Officially City of Long Beach Property with Hopes to Turn It Into a ‘New Kind of Public Space’

by    in Transit
Photo above courtesy of Mayor Robert Garcia.  Updated: September 28, 2017 It’s official: the first train to ever be part of Metro Los Angeles (Metro)’s transit system—the precise one pictured above that went from DTLA to DTLB in 1990— is...
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Long Beach’s Most Optimistic Mayor Admits Two Huge Problems: A Lack of Affordable Housing and Homelessness

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Photos by Brian Addison. Above: an underpass along the LA River houses one of the largest camp sites for those experiencing homelessness. One time, too tired to bike home, former Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez gave me a...
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DTLB Highrise in Former City Place Development Set to Be Future Home of CSULB Dorms, Classrooms

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Love looking at renderings of upcoming developments in the city? Click here for our full archive. **** Above and below: renderings of the new CSULB Downtown Village courtesy of Studio One Eleven. Shortly after it was announced that the Broadway...
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