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Open Streets and Urbanization: Exploring Downtown Orange County

Known as "Downtown Orange County," the city of Santa Ana will be holding its first open streets event this fall.

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Eric Brightwell is a writer, map maker, and an explorer of neighborhoods. He writes at Amoeblog, and his maps can be viewed at Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography.
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C'mon N' Ride It: Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

C'mon N' Ride It: Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

Although it's meant to be thought of as an "entertainment shuttle," primarily used to transport riders to bars, nightclubs and restaurants, they certainly don't frown on using it f ...
On the Waterfront: Riding San Pedro's Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line

On the Waterfront: Riding San Pedro's Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line

A couple of replica Red Cars patterned after the 1909 Electric 500-class began operating on a Pacific Electric right-of-way in 2003.
Exploring the Planned Course of the Metro Purple Line Extension

Exploring the Planned Course of the Metro Purple Line Extension

The subway is currently expected to reach the Westside VA in 2035, the year that, tellingly, is the setting for both "Twelve Monkeys" and "I, Robot." Will we even live to see the s ...
Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

Today is the 18th anniversary of the opening of the Metro Green Line. For those who are familiar, they likely know it as the rail that doesn't quite reach either the ocean or LAX.
Exploring The Remains of L.A.'s Little Italy

Exploring The Remains of L.A.'s Little Italy

Little Italy lives on not just in their memories, but in the very tangible monuments that one can still experience firsthand.
Exploring Downtown's Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

Exploring Downtown's Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

If you've been downtown there's a good chance that you've noticed the concrete overpasses above the streets, but probably never thought much about them.
Exploring Dodger Stadium Without Baseball

Exploring Dodger Stadium Without Baseball

When presented with the opportunity to explore it without the distraction of baseball, I stepped up to the plate, as it were.
From Confluence to Atwater: Exploring Along San Fernando Road

From Confluence to Atwater: Exploring Along San Fernando Road

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