The California Hotel was a popular venue for acclaimed recording artist like James Brown, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. Photo courtesy of EBALDC.
The California Hotel was built in 1929 and operated as a commercial hotel. It was one of the few hotels where blacks could stay and African American musicians could express their art. For nearly three decades, beginning in 1936, many African-American relied on “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide” to help them decide where they could travel during an era of racial division. The hotel’s ballroom was also famous for the celebrities who played there. From the ‘20s through 1971, the site boosted a “who’s who” reputation, drawing jazz and blues greats who ranged from Fats Domino to Ike & Tina Turner as well as fans who came to listen and dance.
Mayor Quan: “…Remember all of the guys in West Oakland who were working on the railroad? They created the first African-American union in this country. They ran a campaign that said, ‘We don’t work at places where we can’t eat and stay and become customers.’” She paused for more jubilation. “Among the high-class hotels, this became one of the first ones and they were so successful. I know you guys remember this—in the 50’s—when no great jazz artist would come to Oakland without playing in the ballroom back there. How many of you remember that? It’s wonderful to see this West Coast monument come back alive.”
…East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), a corporation that develops affordable housing, acquired the hotel for redevelopment in 2011. The group’s plan is to turn the California Hotel into a place where local economic development can thrive. In addition to affordable housing, the redeveloped site will help bring community and commercial retail spaces nearby, organizers said, and offer non-profit services as well as community gardening…
this is that building that you’d pass by all the time on the freeway from SF/north to Hayward east/south (580 south). so sad how freeways devastate communities.
now if San Diego would get its shit together and clean up that building on C st. by Fourth already. (…the homelessness problem would start getting solved, and along with a repaving around the trolley tracks on C st., that “downtown” area would start looking nice.)
last night’s critical mass was the slowest I’ve been on in san diego.
well, i was in the mid-back for most of the ride, so that’s probably why.
right before we were about to leave the fountain, my friend noticed a fixie kid had a flat and changed it for him. everyone was watching.
so we ended up being in the rear, missing our chance (and my plan) to be in the front and lead everyone on a better route up Park Blvd and to El Cajon Blvd or Adams Ave. :[
the “leaders” for last night’s ride, did, thankfully, go on a little different route. right on Park Blvd after University Ave. in Hillcrest to Downtown. some guy was fooling around and got messed up on the trolley tracks that run parallel on the street. not a good choice to go down Park.
Chickens stand in their cage at the Rose Acre Farms, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, near Stuart, Iowa. About 96 percent of eggs sold in the United States come from hens who live in the so-called battery cages from the day they’re born until their egg-laying days end 18 to 24 months later. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Modesto egg farmer Eric Benson, chief executive of JS West, said Thursday he didn’t know if bigger cages made his hens happier, but he does know they lay more eggs, live longer and have stronger bones…
Benson told the Senate Agriculture Committee that the nation should embrace humane standards for hens, under a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., based on Prop. 2. It would set a national standard of doubling the size of hen cages.
But the idea has drawn a fierce backlash from other livestock producers and their House allies who fear that humane standards will spread to other farm animals, especially pigs…
“Reverse Copenhagenization” may be the best term to describe what’s happening in Beijing and throughout China, a country once know for its robust bike culture.
In Beijing, cycling has dropped from 60 percent in 1986 to 17 percent in 2010, while car use has grown 15 percent a year over the last decade. Parked cars and rickshaws now crowd the city’s bike lanes, leaving cyclists to weave haphazardly through the traffic-clogged streets.
As China has become increasingly car-centric, bicycles have developed an image problem. Where owning a car has become a widely coveted symbol of status and wealth, cycling is considered the poor man’s mode of transportation.
Though fewer citizens may use bikes to get around, cycling as a sport is making a comeback in China. Fixed gear bicycles, or “fixies,” are also gaining popularity among Chinese youth, prompting some to question whether hipsters may in fact be the saviors of Chinese bike culture.
To encourage the rebound of Beijing’s bike culture, city officials plan to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure by restoring bike lanes, providing 50,000 bikes for hire by 2015 and adding bike parking spaces near train and subway stations. It’s a long way from Copenhagen, but it’s a start.
A sixteen-year-old Egyptian student, Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad from the Zahran Language School in Alexandria has identified a new low-cost catalyst which can generate biofuel by breaking down plastic waste…
As we know plastic waste is a huge problem in the Middle East and for our oceans, but hopefully this idea will help convert the problem into a solution.
For her findings, Faiad was presented with the European Fusion Development Agreement award at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists — involving 130 competitors from 37 countries — held in Finland last year from 23 to 28 September.
Faiad is now looking to get her findings patented this year through the Egyptian Patent Office and scaling up the idea so that it can become a tangible project on the ground.
…But are our cities, the places we live, being built for young people? Do kids really care about the way our city looks? The way it is designed, built and managed?
Two young Saskatoon urban planners are looking to answer those questions. They have created a summer camp designed to engage children as young as 10 in the world of urban design.
At the weekend camp, kids between 10 and 13 learn about everything from zoning bylaws and restrictions to how to design roads, build bridges and bike lanes. They take tours through parks and neighbourhoods and learn about different concepts of urban design.
Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump…
The cycle superhighway (5min. video), which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle..
“We are very good, but we want to be better,” said Brian Hansen, the head of Copenhagen’s traffic planning section…
“When we look at public hospitals, we look very much at how to reduce cost,” said a regional councilor, Lars Gaardhoj, who had just picked up his three small children in a cargo bike decorated with elephants. “It’s a common saying among doctors that the best patient is the patient you never see. Anything we can do to get less pollution and less traffic is going to mean healthier, maybe happier, people.”
san diego driver harshly honks at two bicyclists for "blocking the road", shouts that he is a cyclist, too, then slows and stops car to open passenger door in attempt to door them.
"i’m a bicyclist, too!"
and intentional dooring?
ok, that might not have happened if I hadn’t shouted something* to the driver in response to his very mean honking, but still.
* if it were a “friendly” honk that i am now sort of used to, I would’ve kindly moved right and waved at the driver, but this guy didn’t seem to even slow down when behind us, then a super loud mean honk, and revved off speedily before hearing me and slowing/stopping to try to door us when we passed him on the right.
then later there’s a car in front of him going slowly, because there’s a bus in front of that car. and we didn’t hear that driver honking at either the car or bus ahead of him for “blocking the road”.
double standards! discriminatory behaviour!
if you honk at cyclists for “blocking the road”, GO HONK AT BUSES, slower cars, PEOPLE CROSSING THE STREET. road rage over everything!
times like these i wish a had a video camera mounted to my bike. intentional dooring. i’m not kidding. that just happened.
“Pesticides are an ideal product: like heroin, they promise paradise and deliver addiction.”—Paul Ehrlich. via “Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice” by David Pellow.
(or what is essentially a freeway although it’s just a road leading up to the 5 and 8.)
DON’T EVER MAKE ME DO THAT AGAIN
i was right—should’ve headed east and hit fiesta island / e. mission bay drive / pch and been in old town quick.
instead of shit scaring the fuck out of me taking Ingram/W. Mission Bay Drive to get over the bridge and take the ocean beach bike path
freeway mergers from entrances, and then getting out of the way avoiding exits
could’ve gotten hit and killed
— only one positive thing from last night: saw preliminary markings for bike lanes southbound on PCH just north of old town transit center. in the door zone, though, but bike lane left of the right turn lane.
on Harbor Drive, right in front of the convention center. the woman ran across the street to secure her place in line for the Twilight panel.
some commentors said that the light changes to red before anyone can safely cross the street in time. i don’t recall and can’t confirm if this is true. if it is (probably), typical san diego to not care about pedestrian safety. old-school traffic engineers. the lights actually do give enough time to cross the street safely. (thanks issiebear)
also bad decision and totally preventable death, as others have noted.
out to ticket you for riding on the sidewalk. particularly in Hillcrest.
last summer, the city put up mean signs saying “No Bicycle Riding on Sidewalk”, without adding bike lanes on University Ave. or any other effort to make the streets more bike-friendly. This is an especially dangerous area because of the high volumes of car and bus traffic, in addition to a freeway entrance that you don’t want to accidentally ride into (sixth ave).
hillcrest residents would like to ride their bikes, but oh well. also see that bumpy strip in the road? yeeah.. bike-unfriendly city, w’sup!
yesterday, a friend just rolled onto the sidewalk, jumped one leg over bike, and was about to step off the pedal and walk to a cafe, right when a cop spotted him and gave him a warning for “riding on the sidewalk”. *wtfcrazyface* and that’s a warning for not even technically riding his bike. you know, kinda standing on one side of the bike with one foot on one pedal.
anyway, i see people riding on the sidewalk here all the time, because of the dangers i mentioned above. and really, if you warn and ticket people riding on the sidewalk, they’re not likely to want to ride anymore. and the people i see riding on the sidewalk are the less “urban cyclists”, like low-income minorities, and neighborhood gals and guys on beach cruisers riding slow. (vs more experienced, faster, and less fearful riders such as hardcore commuters, fixie hipsters, roadies, etc.)(more likely to be easily discouraged vs “f— you i ride my bike whenever and wherever i want”.)
also, these signs are a big contrast to the ones in Downtown Berkeley, which have friendlier dual/complementing messages: “Walk your bike on the sidewalk. Ride on the street”. Rather than a harsh prohibitive sign. (plus, Berkeley has lots of good cycle infrastructure like Bicycle Boulevards, of which the city is a pioneer, making the streets friendly to ride on.)
my hometown rocks. (photos: my own)
yeah so, if you get caught by a cop for riding on the sidewalk or any other “bad cycling behaviour” in san diego, i would advise truthfully telling the cop your daily experiences cycling and how you feel unsafe on the streets.. until bike lanes, cycle tracks get painted and built.. sidewalks it is. etc. etc.
…In other words, lawlessness and unpleasantness are presumed to be the exclusive preserve of bicycle-riding, who ‘almost uniformly’ break the law. The fact that these traits probably exist amongst the population of bicycle riders in equal proportion to motorists — indeed anyone else — is ignored.
The Telegraph has also covered the story prominently. This is quite extraordinary for a paper that has not covered a single other pedestrian injury this year.
Let’s put this in perspective. If we consult the accident statistics for last year, we will find that nearly 20,000 pedestrians were hit by cars in 2011, of which nearly 4,000 suffered serious injuries. Doubtless a good proportion of those injuries resulted from incidents in which the motorist may have been entirely blameless, but it is reasonable to suppose that there were at least several thousand serious pedestrian injuries last year caused by motorists. The same will be true for this year..
san diego has spoken (at least its leaders have) — we will have MOAR CAR PARKS inside our “jewel” of a park!
..supporters hid behind the guise of a more pedestrian friendly park, while speaking mostly about traffic, moving cars into the park and providing more parking.
Supporters took great pains to emphasize that (mature) landscaping would hide the by-pass bridge, inadvertently driving home the fact that the flawed design needs to be camouflaged. Unfortunately, for current users of the park, the landscape will take 10-15 years to mature…
yeah yea.. I should move away and disassociate myself from san diego as much as i can.
here's my view, again, on how to improve balboa park:
pedestrianize the whole entryway from Cabrillo Bridge and into Plaza de Panama. — the bypass bridge starts at the END of Cabrillo Bridge, so if you’re walking to the park, it’s unchanged: you still have to walk alongside very, loud cars, compounding the sound of loud cars on the freeway running underneath the bridge. except well, now there’d be even more cars to access the car park. — Cabrillo Bridge has been closed off to cars for December Nights. and that’s huge! so many people walk into the park and it’s wonderful. why not have that every day instead of two nights a year??!
protected cycle lanes and extended trolley line on Sixth Ave. — bring more people into the park, WITHOUT their space-hogging, polluting, noisy cars. it’s a park, for f–k’s sake!
ughh but neither’s gonna happen / san diego far from “america’s finest city”
I think people voted for Jacobs’ plan because it was the most quick-fix solution, and because the guy has money for it.
…what really influenced the type of directions was the culture of the wayfinder. Americans were far more likely, across all tests, to give navigators a street name or a cardinal direction (i.e. north, east, south, or west). Dutch wayfinders, on the other hand, provided far more landmarks and left-right turn-descriptors…