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The Times Giveth and the Times Taketh Away

Fresh off the news that the Times was bringing back the Bottleneck Blog came the news that my favorite Times blog, the fabulous Emerald City, was closing down effective tomorrow, June 21.  Emerald City managed to transcend being a blog about environmentalism to being a daily guide on how everyone can clean up their lives in ways that were hip and fun.  Along the way, it also became one of the places on the 'Net I visited every day.

Readers that have followed my writing since Street Heat will know that Emerald City was one of the first major blogs to pick up on what we were talking about.  The famously car-free Siel was always looking for new writers to keep Em. City full of new ideas and different voices and soon I was writing op/eds promoting congestion pricing and slamming gas tax holidays.

While tomorrow is Emerald City's last day, its intrepid blogger's writings can still be found at Green LA Girl and other sites around the net.  Siel will be gone from latimes.com but not forgotten.  Nevertheless, make some time in the next 24 hours to take a trip to Emerald City to walk down its green streets and say goodbye.

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