I dipped my toe into the urban planning world for the first time in years today.

Here I am with Fort Worth district 9 city councilwoman Ann Zadeh, who is a tireless advocate for better urban design and central-city neighborhood revitalization and livability. The occasion was the official groundbreaking of the South Main Complete Streets Project.

This story begins five years ago, when myself and a group of volunteers were tired of South Main being a barren four-lane speeding car wasteland. We snuck onto the street the night before a major neighborhood art festival, armed with a paint striper, some homemade road logo stencils, “borrowed” traffic cones, and donated trees, chairs, and tables, and reconfigured the street ourselves, turning one block of it into a slower two-lane urban main street with bike lanes, sidewalk cafes, street trees, a new crosswalk, and more. The second photo shows our handiwork.

The project was so popular that the city first made it official with a paint re-striping of the street, using our configuration the entire length, but the pavement was still broken, the sidewalks were still tiny and barren, the pedestrian crossings still unpleasant.

Now, five years later, the South Main Complete Streets Project takes that guerilla re-striping and makes it permanent in brick and concrete. The street is being reconstructed (and beefed up for eventual streetcar tracks), the sidewalks are being made much wider, trees and lights and benches will be installed, the bike lanes made permanent, and new safer, shorter crossings installed. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait.

A big thanks to Councilwoman Zadeh for encouraging me to attend. :)

anonymous asked:

Howl and vidia

Give me a ship and I’ll tell you:

  • Who cooks: neither one, really. They eat out a lot because cooking is a lot of work.
  • Who does the laundry and other chores: They hired peasants 
  • How many children do they have: one? 
  • Who’s more dominate: about 50/50 
  • Favorite nonsexual activity: Playing with each other’s hair because they trust each other
  • Their favorite place to be together: sidewalk cafe 
  • Any traditions: Every year when the spring line comes out, Howl drags Vidia shopping against her will 
  • Their “song”:uhhhhhh
  • What they do for each other on holidays: nothing too big- keep it simple 
  • Where did they go for their honeymoon: somewhere exotic 
  • Where did they first meet: sidewalk cafe? Howl we need to figure this out 
  • Any pets: Anything but an owl >.>
  • What do they fight over: who leaves messes in the bathroom 
  • Do they go on vacations, if so where: Anywhere and everywhere 

#16 - Sidewalk Cafe

The Sidewalk Cafe is located right on the beach of the Venice Boardwalk and is hands down my favorite spot in Venice. With the cheapest, coolest happy hour I’ve found on the boardwalk, you can get booze and snacks for only a few bucks like well drinks, margaritas, beers, wings, nachos, fries and more. The crowd is always chill and the service is quick and friendly. (Bar only on weekdays from 4 - 7pm., 21+) Next time you’re at the beach, check it out for a quick beer, or three. 

Address: 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291