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

Author

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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