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Los Angeles Department members (and those who can travel): you鈥檙e cordially invited to check out Spotify's library installation of THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT April 16-18 from 10am-9pm at The Grove. 馃馃摎 Entry is first come, first served and access is not guaranteed.
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Hustler White (Bruce La Bruce & Rick Castro, 1996)
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A secret internal 鈥楴YTimes鈥 memo reveals the paper鈥檚 anti-Palestinian bias is even worse than we thought
The shocking revelation of the New York Times's offensive internal style guide on language it will not permit in its Palestine reporting should prompt a broad examination of the paper's longtime bias.
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Kudos to the anonymous聽New York Times聽staffers who leaked the paper鈥檚 offensive internal guide about the language it won鈥檛 permit in its reports on Israel/Palestine, and more kudos to聽The Intercept聽for publishing it. The shocking revelation should prompt an even broader examination of the biased language that has long been routine in the聽Times聽and across all U.S. media.
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buick skylark GS. los angeles. january 2024.
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Carre Otis by Albane Navizet
- Los Angeles, 1992
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Steve McQueen avec sa Jaguar XKSS dans sa maison de Brentwood en 1966. - source Moto Vitelloni - Wheels n' wings
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The Fearless Tour
April 15, 2010 - Los Angeles, California
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Hustler White (Bruce La Bruce & Rick Castro, 1996)
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As relentless rains pounded LA, the city鈥檚 鈥渟ponge鈥 infrastructure helped gather 8.6 billion gallons of water鈥攅nough to sustain over 100,000 households for a year.
Earlier this month, the future fell on Los Angeles. A long band of moisture in the sky, known as an atmospheric river, dumped 9 inches of rain on the city over three days鈥攐ver half of what the city typically gets in a year. It鈥檚 the kind of extreme rainfall that鈥檒l get ever more extreme as the planet warms.
The city鈥檚 water managers, though, were ready and waiting. Like other urban areas around the world, in recent years LA has been transforming into a 鈥渟ponge city,鈥 replacing impermeable surfaces, like concrete, with permeable ones, like dirt and plants. It has also built out 鈥渟preading grounds,鈥 where water accumulates and soaks into the earth.
With traditional dams and all that newfangled spongy infrastructure, between February 4 and 7 the metropolis captured 8.6 billion gallons of stormwater, enough to provide water to 106,000 households for a year. For the rainy season in total, LA has accumulated 14.7 billion gallons.
Long reliant on snowmelt and river water piped in from afar, LA is on a quest to produce as much water as it can locally. 鈥淭here's going to be a lot more rain and a lot less snow, which is going to alter the way we capture snowmelt and the aqueduct water,鈥 says Art Castro, manager of watershed management at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 鈥淒ams and spreading grounds are the workhorses of local stormwater capture for either flood protection or water supply.鈥
Centuries of urban-planning dogma dictates using gutters, sewers, and other infrastructure to funnel rainwater out of a metropolis as quickly as possible to prevent flooding. Given the increasingly catastrophic urban flooding seen around the world, though, that clearly isn鈥檛 working anymore, so now planners are finding clever ways to capture stormwater, treating it as an asset instead of a liability. 鈥淭he problem of urban hydrology is caused by a thousand small cuts,鈥 says Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at UC Berkeley. 鈥淣o one driveway or roof in and of itself causes massive alteration of the hydrologic cycle. But combine millions of them in one area and it does. Maybe we can solve that problem with a thousand Band-Aids.鈥
Or in this case, sponges. The trick to making a city more absorbent is to add more gardens and other green spaces that allow water to percolate into underlying aquifers鈥攑orous subterranean materials that can hold water鈥攚hich a city can then draw from in times of need. Engineers are also greening up medians and roadside areas to soak up the water that鈥檇 normally rush off streets, into sewers, and eventually out to sea...
To exploit all that free water falling from the sky, the LADWP has carved out big patches of brown in the concrete jungle. Stormwater is piped into these spreading grounds and accumulates in dirt basins. That allows it to slowly soak into the underlying aquifer, which acts as a sort of natural underground tank that can hold 28 billion gallons of water.
During a storm, the city is also gathering water in dams, some of which it diverts into the spreading grounds. 鈥淎fter the storm comes by, and it's a bright sunny day, you鈥檒l still see water being released into a channel and diverted into the spreading grounds,鈥 says Castro. That way, water moves from a reservoir where it鈥檚 exposed to sunlight and evaporation, into an aquifer where it鈥檚 banked safely underground.
On a smaller scale, LADWP has been experimenting with turning parks into mini spreading grounds, diverting stormwater there to soak into subterranean cisterns or chambers. It鈥檚 also deploying green spaces along roadways, which have the additional benefit of mitigating flooding in a neighborhood: The less concrete and the more dirt and plants, the more the built environment can soak up stormwater like the actual environment naturally does.
As an added benefit, deploying more of these green spaces, along with urban gardens, improves the mental health of residents. Plants here also 鈥渟weat,鈥 cooling the area and beating back the urban heat island effect鈥攖he tendency for concrete to absorb solar energy and slowly release it at night. By reducing summer temperatures, you improve the physical health of residents. 鈥淭he more trees, the more shade, the less heat island effect,鈥 says Castro. 鈥淪ometimes when it鈥檚 90 degrees in the middle of summer, it could get up to 110 underneath a bus stop.鈥
LA鈥檚 far from alone in going spongy. Pittsburgh is also deploying more rain gardens, and where they absolutely must have a hard surface鈥攕idewalks, parking lots, etc.鈥攖hey鈥檙e using special concrete bricks that allow water to seep through. And a growing number of municipalities are scrutinizing properties and charging owners fees if they have excessive impermeable surfaces like pavement, thus incentivizing the switch to permeable surfaces like plots of native plants or urban gardens for producing more food locally.
So the old way of stormwater management isn鈥檛 just increasingly dangerous and ineffective as the planet warms and storms get more intense鈥攊t stands in the way of a more beautiful, less sweltering, more sustainable urban landscape. LA, of all places, is showing the world there鈥檚 a better way.
-via Wired, February 19, 2024
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Los Angeles!!! Pay attention!!!馃毃馃毃馃毃Do your research. VOTE TRUE BLUE. Remember Rick Caruso? We didn鈥檛 let him get away with it. Don鈥檛 let anybody else.
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