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Sunday, July 5th
Voices of the City II
On Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at 4:00PM, Los Angeles writer Richard Risemberg(AKA the editor of Bicycle Fixation) will be reading from two of his books, signing copies, and accepting questions, comments, and personal abuse at The Battery Books and Music in South Pasadena, near Los Angeles.

The evening will start off with a selection or two from Our Own Day Here, his recent collection of essays on urban life, gathered from nearly twenty years of writing, ranting, and blogging about development, transportation, politics small and large, and the economy.

It will be followed by a reading from his urbanist noir novel, The Dust Will Answer. This is the story of two friends looking for a lost girl who doesn't want to be found, and the secret worlds they discover among the hobo jungles and warehouse squats of downtown Los Angeles, back in the days when the coming gentrification was no more than a gleam in a banker's eye. Get a taste of what the two endure as they run the gantlet of bikers, punks, tramps, redneck ex-cops, and an innocent-looking dope dealer, ultimately discovering that in the dark world they have fallen into, the shortest distance between two points is often a very crooked line.

Both works will be available for purchase in print and e-book versions—and for those who prefer e-books, we will have limited edition commemorative cards to sign in lieu of physical volumes. (You can also, of course, buy copies of either version ahead of time at the URL below.)

Afterwards, there will be a general confabulation, Q&A, listening to The Battery's excellent collection of vintage vinyl, and commiserating with fellow audience members over the torment recently endured. There is a bar next door to help you recover, as well as numerous establishments offering comfort food nearby.

Sunday, July 26th, beginning at 4:00PM
The Battery
1005B Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Metro Gold Line Mission St. station
(626) 376-9913
Buy paper or e-book versions on Amazon.

Richard Risemberg on Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:16:04 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, July 1st
Offsite Blogging CCXXVI
Will the blogging never stop? Not for a while, at least….

So, this week on Orange 20 Bikes, Blood and Blame looks at the latest death on LA's North Figueroa Street, why it happened, and why a "proven safety countermeasure" was withheld for years after its was promised, planned, and funded.

While on Flying Pigeon LA, I explore how LA keeps Lagging Behind while cities around it build brighter, busier, and less car-addled futures for themselves.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:10:17 -0800 [link]  

Thursday, June 25th
Offsite Blogging CCXXV
My post for Orange 20 this week looks at how the new bike racks in front of LAMCA got there, and muses that Sometimes You Have to Give Up to Get Ahead.

While at Flying Pigeon LA, I tackle a vaguely related subject, noting that Intuition Is a Lousy Guide to Policy.

Richard Risemberg on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:54:17 -0800 [link]  

Thursday, June 18th
Offsite Blogging CCXXIV
Orage 20 this week looks at an ineffective, or perhaps just pointless, bikeway in Beverly Hills: the End of the Road to Nowhere.

While Flying Pigeon LA finds a Lesson to Be Learned in a modest bike parking facility serving the Allen Avenue light rail stop in Pasadena.

Richard Risemberg on Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:51:20 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, June 10th
Offsite Blogging CCXXIII
This week we take a dreary look at LA's Incorrigible Council on Orange 20's blog, while at Flying Pigeon LA we characterize it as LA's Very Own Death Panel. If you have the courage to watch sausages being made, click through and read!

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:20:39 -0800 [link]  

Thursday, June 4th
Offsite Blogging CCXXII
Orange 20's blog this week featured a list of CicLAvia Doings, which you might enjoy reading about even if (or perhaps especially if) you missed the event itself.

While Flying Pigeon LA, posting a few days alter, after the Pasadena Open streets debut, explores how Getting There by bike and train might have proved instructive for car-addled Angelenos who tried it.

Next local CicLAvia: August 9th!

Richard Risemberg on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 05:56:58 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, May 27th
Offsite Blogging CCXXI
This time I exploit my employers to promote a book event by tying it in to the CicLAvia open streets event scheduled for Sunday, May 31st, in nearby Pasadena. Since the CicLAvia is only a smidgen over three miles long, I am offering folks a chance to extend it by riding back to South Pasadena with me for a book signing at The Battery on Mission Street.

You can read about it on Orange 20 Bikes under the title of CicLAvia Plus, or at Flying Pigeon LA, where I call it Bikes, Books, and CicLAvia.

There's also a Facebook page for it, if you favor that….

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 27 May 2015 21:58:34 -0800 [link]  

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