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LB Post Articles Highlight “Urban Revival” Aspirations

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Urban revival. The term is thrown around about as frequently, and with as much weight, as the term “fusion” is in the culinary world. Both phrases seek to say something very simple in a fanciful way. Essentially, urban revival refers to the recent movement to re-make our cities more pedestrian friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally sound.
A couple of news articles in the July print edition of Long Beach Post provide an interesting perspective on how this concept is applied in Long Beach.

In her article “The 10 Worst Decisions in Long Beach History”, writer Allison Jean Eaton provides a voice rarely heard in Los Angeles County- one that looks to the mistakes of the past to learn how the future can be made that much better. She is willing to look lovingly at her city and admit that we’ve messed a few things up.

I was surprised to see problems caused by The Queen Mary on her list. When I moved here, I thought of it like I do the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The Arch is a historical monument to Westward expansion and the exploits of Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea. For many, the view of the Queen Mary evokes the same sense of history and desire that the Arch does. Maybe The City of Long Beach just needs to rethink the use of space, much like St. Louis is doing with the Gateway Arch.

Also appearing in the July edition is an article called “The Future of the Long Beach Civic Center” by Brian Ulaszewski. In it, he highlights the problems with the current center, and the possibility of a new use of space to bring about the activity it was meant to bring to downtown.

I recommend picking up a copy of the paper or visiting them online. Resources like the Long Beach Post are invaluable.

The Articles from LBPost.com:
The 10 Worst Decisions in Long Beach History
The Future of the Long Beach Civic Center

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Expo Line Video Highlights New Line Coming to Culver City

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I haven’t really been following anything on the new Expo Line that Metro is currently building, so this video they posted today was pretty interesting to me. I like the new line because I’ll be able to get to all of the fun stuff in Exposition park without using the awful Silver Line.
I’m excited for the new line to open later this year, and the expansion to Santa Monica that will come later. Hopefully, this means quicker, easier bus connections in the area. Los Angeles could use more light rail, especially on the Westside.

Follow Expo Line progress on their Facebook Page.

Where to start?

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

As a recent Midwestern transplant to Southern California, I needed a way to keep myself busy doing something fun, yet still productive, and so I decided to start a blog.

I’ve been a fan of the blogs Urban Review STL and  urbanSTL for some time, and wanted to find something similar to follow for my new home of Long Beach. Unfortunately, I didn’t come across much. I realized however, that despite not carrying a degree in Urbanology, Civil Engineering, or Journalism, I had nothing to lose in starting my own version of the above-mentioned sites. I thought it might be interesting, at least for me, to write about similar topics as Urban Review STL and urbanSTL with a different perspective. I see a lot of St. Louis in Long Beach and I want to share what I see. In the next week or so, I hope to upload a photo essay (I hate that term) of “my” Long Beach.

So I guess this first posts serves as some kind of mission statement or statement of purpose. This blog will serve as a journal of sorts for exploring Long Beach as well as reflecting on St. Louis. This is not a travel blog. I’m interested to see how my feelings about St. Louis change now that I’ve moved away, and how my feelings about Long Beach will be shaped by my past in the Midwest. What lessons can the two cities learn from one another? What makes them unique from one another? And how will they both influence me personally?

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