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.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Another Street Heat Post at Emerald City

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I’ve been thinking about some of the problems Congestion Pricing has been having catching on in LA. Emerald City has been nice enough to host a series on what I’ve been thinking. The first post can be read here. All future posts on this subject will be linked to hear in my "Today’s Headlines" section.

Go Green with Street Heat!

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Emerald Green that is. Today was the first of my guest posts over at Green LA Girl’s Emerald City Blog over at the Times website. For about the next month, you’ll be able to find a weekly column by me over there on Monday talking about HOT Lanes and Congestion Pricing. Special thanks to Siel […]

LA Streetsie Awards 2008

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(editor’s note: This will be the last post of 2008 for Los Angeles Streetsblog barring any major story breaking this week.  Here are, in my opinion the best and worst of 2008 in transportation news.  Enjoy, and see you all next Monday.) Story of the Year: The battle over Measure R and its final passage […]

Announcing LA’s Bike Wiki

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When he’s not biking down freeways, or writing for Westside BikeSIDE and Emerald City, Alex Thompson has been hard at work creating Ibikeu, a wikipedia for all things bicycle related. To check out the bike wiki, click on over to www.ibikeu.com/wiki/ Thompson describes the ibikeu Wiki at Westside BikeSIDE: The ibikeu Wiki is intended to […]

Feds Helping Metro Move to HOT Lanes.

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Traffic Patterns Could Change on the I-10 with the Coming of Congestion Pricing The Federal government has chipped in $213 million to help Metro convert HOV Lanes into a type of toll lane known as a HOT Lane.  HOT Lanes are managed toll lanes with a user fee varies based on the amount of people in […]

Introducing Today’s Guest Writer: Siel “Green L.A. Girl” Ju

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The former mayor of Emerald City. I’m an environmental writer and activist who writes green LA girl, a blog about eco-friendly, sustainable living in Los Angeles. I’m also a contributing editor at BlogHer.com and also blog regularly for mnn.com and Lime.com. I also have a PhD — but don’t really use it. And I’m planning […]