Wednesday Weeklies: From SF to LA on Public Transit Only; Piedmont’s Blair Park Controversy

This week’s new articles from the alternative weeklies…

  • In Transit: From S.F. to L.A. via Public Transportation (SF Weekly)

    (On) a recent Monday, I was in the opening stages of a transit odyssey — an attempt to venture from San Francisco to Los Angeles using only public transportation…Among self-professed transit nerds, devising Rube Goldberg–like routes necessitating dozens of bus or train rides to travel even short distances is a matter of pride. Many itineraries are strictly theoretical: No sane human will undertake (transit blogger Matt) Nelson’s 68-hour S.F. to L.A. route via Yosemite. Full article

  • The Blair Park Project (East Bay Express)

    There are few things that residents of Piedmont can agree on about Blair Park, a 5.5-acre strip of undeveloped land along busy Moraga Avenue. Well, perhaps just one: that the park, Piedmont’s last remaining open space, is underutilized. Sandwiched between the two-lane road and a steep canyon wall, the park’s long and narrow floor is of little use to anyone but dog walkers willing to brave the thoroughfare without the aid of crosswalks or fences. Yet the sheer potential of this city-owned parcel, fragrant with pine and, when the din of traffic subsides, quiet but for the chirping of birds, has placed it at the center of a controversy some residents deem the most politically charged issue to face Piedmont in decades. Full article

  • The Queer Issue 2011 (SF Bay Guardian)

    Every year we bring it for Pride — attempting to represent the incredibly varied and creative community we call queer. This is an impossible task, of course, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try! We really try. So strap on those rainbow knickers, hop on a unicorn, and let’s dive in. Full article


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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