First of all, I loved how many lovely compliments I got for my trusty PUBLIC bike. (I promise, a proper introduction is forthcoming.) I was so proud to have my stylish, hardworking wheels on the streets with all the other good-looking bikes. A lot of people came up to me and asked me if I meant to match my dress to my bike. Um, of course I did!
Second: The GOOD Book Club meeting to discuss Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies on the streets. I was thrilled to host the discussion with (from left) Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the LA Times, who is doing a project called Reading L.A. where he’s reading books about LA all year; Joe Day, who wrote the introduction for the new edition of Banham’s book; and Craig Hodgetts, celebrated architect and fixture in the local design community who gave us some great context about what LA was really like in the 60’s and 70’s. Above the distant roar of the 110 freeway we discussed the almost 4o-year-old book and its relevance to today’s discussions about open space, architecture, neighborhoods, and of course, cars. Thanks to Will Wright for the photo.
Finally, right around here, as I rolled through downtown’s Spring Street, I heard someone say near me, “I wish it was like this all the time.” I looked up at the cloudless sky, at bars spilling onto the street, dogs trotting in the shade, taquerias slinging burritos, century-old buildings jutting up around us, and I wanted to turn around to her and say, honey, it is this way all the time. The roads are always there to ride on. The people are always around you. All you have to do is get out here, and you’ll start to see it, too.
A few more CicLAvia pics here.