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This Weekend: The AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

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Tomorrow and Sunday will mark the Fourth AltCar Expo & Conference in Santa Monica.  Admission is free and directions can be found on the AltCar's website.

In 2007, I went to the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica and reviewed it for Street Heat in one of my first posts and first ventures into transportation reform in Los Angeles.  While I won't be going to this year's for the obvious reason, watching the growth of the Expo from a neat demonstration of car toys to a more balanced look at alternative transportation has been interesting over the past couple of years.

True, this year's Expo will feature the usual "green" car-show and a bevy of speakers extolling the virtues of "green" driving; but it is also increasing the presence of non-vehicular transportation at the Expo.  A welcome sign that AltCar can mean "alternatives to the car" as much as "Alternative Cars."

If you have a chance this weekend, and you're not too busy going to see Crude or hanging out with David Byrne, the Expo can be a good, fun and informative way to spend some time.  I'm not sure if any of next week's freelancers are planning on taking a stab at reviewing the Expo, but if anyone wants to put their thoughts to paper please drop me a line at damien@streetsblog.org.

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