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  1. What the heck are you talking about? Atlanta got bad treatment in the press because aside from the Olympic Park bombing, they were considered one of the more poorly run Olympics. I mean come ON, bus drivers there were getting lost taking athletes to their competitions. That's pretty bad! Let alone the crass commercialism that marred those Games, which the IOC was not happy with. Cheap facilities? Again, what are you talking about? UCLA housing the athletes, yeah, they're existing dorms, but they're not exactly mobile homes either. They're perfect for housing Olympic athletes, and they already have dining facilities: I don't know if you know, but The Forum was renovated in 2014 and now hosts big events like concerts, sporting matches, and awards shows: Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus also went through an extensive renovation in 2012 and is a state of the art sports arena: Again, thanks for your concern, but I won't worry too much about the media talking about our "cheap facilities."
  2. This stadium is really starting to take shape now. From Urbanize Los Angeles: Swooping Roof Canopy Hoisted Into Place at the Inglewood NFL Stadium Link: https://urbanize.la/post/swooping-roof-canopy-hoisted-place-inglewood-nfl-stadium?fbclid=IwAR3PkiTFaFxq4FBt35RAJjz93MPmdno3i_YixoxHijcO4yLxwj-FbJo-QhU
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    Paris 2024

    You're being sarcastic, right? But then again, in the US, a lot of conservatives were saying that it was government overreach when states started enacting mandatory seat belt wearing laws back in the 1980s. In Spain, I think carrying a yellow vest in your car is also mandatory; you're supposed to wear it when changing a flat tire or having to walk along the side of a highway or something. Also in Spain, it's mandatory to have warning triangles in your car, so that you can place them on the road when changing a flat tire or whatever. I see nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about mandatory seat belt laws? Or some of the "hands-free" laws that some states have (California included) on cell phone use while driving?
  4. Congestion pricing already kind of exists in Los Angeles County, so it's really nothing new. For a number of years now, the 10 Freeway from El Monte to downtown LA, and the 110 Freeway from Harbor Gateway to downtown LA, has express toll lanes, with congestion pricing, and I thought the fees collected for use of the express toll lanes was supposed to help with public transit, but not to the extent of making public transit free. My only beef when they put in these express toll lanes was that they used to be HOV lanes, paid for by our tax money, and then they made it so that you had to pay to use them, even if you have 2 or more people in your car. "Lexus Lanes," some people were referring to them as.
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    LA 2028 sponsorships

    I believe that's outdated info regarding LA. I remember some time ago I read a news blurb somewhere that LA's GDP was over a trillion dollars. These sources also claim that: https://www.statista.com/statistics/183822/gdp-of-the-los-angeles-metro-area/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_GDP
  6. I drove by this site a few weeks ago. The stadium in Inglewood is really starting to take shape. Fresh Renderings and a 360-Degree Tour of the Hollywood Park Development https://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-and-360-degree-tour-hollywood-park-development
  7. It never really had one per se, at least not in a very long time. But, when I was younger, certain stretches of Sunset Boulevard were known for prostitution (Hugh Grant back in the 1990s getting busted there). Santa Monica Boulevard east of West Hollywood also was known for where the rent boys hung out, and some of the tranny prostitutes. Nowadays, you don't really see prostitution on those streets. Maybe they've moved. Or maybe the internet has changed things. Or possibly, prostitutes hang out at bars and clubs now.
  8. A little news blurb regarding LA2028: From olympic.org: LA 2028 MOVES FORWARD WITH FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIP, LEGACY, INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION LA 2028 UPDATED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) AND INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (IPC) ON THEIR FIRST COORDINATED VISIT TO LOS ANGELES SINCE THE CITY WAS AWARDED THE OLYMPIC GAMES 2028 ON ITS VISION TO IMPLEMENT AN INNOVATIVE GAMES PLAN THAT WILL BENEFIT ANGELENOS FOR DECADES TO COME. Read the rest here: https://www.olympic.org/news/la-2028-moves-forward-with-focus-on-partnership-legacy-inspiration-and-innovation
  9. An LA Metro video promoting the use of Metro Rail to get to the Banc of California Stadium, featuring Latif Blessing of the LAFC. It'd be great if Metro started promoting itself more and more and producing more of these kinds of videos to encourage residents and visitors to take public transportation to the Olympic venues come 2028. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V61dgYxgCE
  10. I'm looking forward to the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and the new display for the Endeavour as well. I saw that model when I went to the California Science Center on Monday; I skipped work that day to go there, because one of my nephews, who is 14, had a science experiment entered into the California Science Fair, held at the Science Center, which took place April 23-24. I wanted to spend time with him and support him and his science exhibit. I didn't realize what a big deal that Science Fair is, students from the whole state participated, so Exposition Park had a lot going on; plus there's a King Tut exhibit that's drawing a lot of crowds. I'm gonna see the King Tut exhibit later on some time; it runs through next January, I believe. https://kingtutexhibition.com/en/?_ga=2.167704119.843868252.1524976462-912221074.1523150631&_gac=1.229247272.1524976462.EAIaIQobChMI-uaOgdTe2gIVT7bACh2T4g4_EAAYASAAEgICcPD_BwE
  11. The current Los Angeles City Hall was dedicated 90 years ago today. Obviously, it'll be 100 years old when LA hosts the Olympics again. And at Exposition Park, adjacent to the Coliseum, construction on the Museum of Narrative Art is well underway. Hunter Kerhart Flickr
  12. The Banc of California Stadium is nearly finished. Is it me, or did this go up really fast?? The Coliseum renovation is moving right along... All images by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO.
  13. New fly-through video posted yesterday of LAX's automated people-mover, scheduled to start construction this year, to be completed by 2023:
  14. LAX is now the 2nd busiest airport in the US, and 4th busiest in the world. So yeah, it's a stressful place indeed. The last time I flew out of/flew back in to LAX, I took the FlyAway bus from Union Station, which was actually not bad. But once there is direct rail connection to LAX, that'll make it much nicer.
  15. Like the article says, I don't think palm trees will completely disappear, I think they will just plant fewer of them. And like styles of architecture, landscaping goes through a cycle of what's in and what's not, even with street trees. Decades ago, for some reason, ficus trees were really popular as a street tree, but then decades later, we've learned that the roots really damage streets and sidewalks. It seems to me that in the 70s, palm trees weren't even fashionable anymore, as many newer developments at the time seemed to have canary island pine and eucalyptus (like where I grew up in Cerritos; Irvine also has a lot of eucalyptus that were planted in the 1970s, which is funny because a eucalyptus is also kind of an impractical tree as a street tree). You didn't start seeing palms again until the 90s. A decade ago, it seemed that gingko biloba trees started getting planted all over the place. Shade trees are nice; I live in an area full of native California oaks, many of them about a hundred years old. I think another "iconic" tree associated with SoCal, though it's not a native tree, and can be messy, is the jacaranda, with their purple flowers.
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