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Pop-Up MANGo Demonstrates Street Treatments & Greenery On Michigan Ave.

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This Sunday was the city's Pop-Up MANGo event to demo and solicit input for possible neighborhood greenway proposals in the Michigan Ave. corridor of the Pico Neighborhood. It was well attended throughout the 11-3...

Wednesday Poll: AirBnB

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The Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to regulate sites like AirBnB. The new ordinance strengthens the city's prohibition against short term rentals -- when a whole unit is rented out for less...

State of Expo Phase II Bikeway Corridor, & the Biggest Remaining Concerns

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This past Sunday members of the Expo Bicycle Advisory Committee (Expo BAC, of which I am a member), and a few members of Santa Monica Spoke, rode the length of the Expo phase II...

CEQA Reforms Could Spell the End for LOS

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(This article first appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles.) Finally, some sanity may be coming to California's most important environmental protection law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Under current law, all projects, be they rail...

Mainstreaming Bicycling, Lessons From Davis California

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I’m returned to Santa Monica this week from attending the California by Bike Summit in Oakland, with the theme of mainstreaming the bike in California, and a few extra days in the Bay Area...

Featured Events: Council Votes on Future of Koolhaas Project and a Festival for Sustainable...

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Santa Monica's New City Center At its Tuesday meeting, the City Council will make an important decision about a major project that will transform Downtown Santa Monica for decades to come. The Plaza at Santa Monica,...

Expo Progresses Into Santa Monica, Photos by Gary and Damien

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While Phase II of the Expo Line isn't expected to be completed until 2015, with revenue operations beginning in 2016, construction of Santa Monica's first light rail project is well underway. Last week, I...

Catching The Bus To LAX, & Thoughts On Making It Better While We Wait...

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There has been a lot of debate and scrutiny over the vision of finally connecting rail service to the LAX terminals (this Metro Source post is a good primer on state of things), correcting...

How Santa Monica Lost Its Second Trader Joe’s

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On the corner of 12th Street and Wilshire Boulevard sits Fidelity Investments. Located along a major transit corridor, served by two bus lines, and walking distance from hundreds of Santa Monica homes, the squat,...

Happy New Year, See You Tomorrow

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Barring any breaking news, Santa Monica Next is taking the day off to with a Happy New Years to all those celebrating today.

Fast Forward: Santa Monica Residents Organize for “Diverse, Sustainable and Equitable” Future

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Do you feel that too often discussions of Santa Monica's future are too dominated by a discussion of what was? Now, there's a new residence group that pushes for a future Santa Monica that...

Expo Is Coming, Santa Monica! But When Will It Get Here?

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Los Angeles Streetsblog head writer Joe Linton contributed to this report. Expo Phase II completes the long-anticipated rail connection between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica. Construction on Phase II began in 2011. Currently, the Expo...

Are You Ready for RideAmigos’ First Commuter Challenge, Santa Monica?

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Can you trade your drive to work for a bike ride or a bus ride? How about carpooling with coworkers? Santa Monica-based startup RideAmigos wants to know if you are up to the challenge. Santa Monica...

Featured Events: Kidical Mass, Pier Party, Beach Cleanup, and Sandcastle Contest

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Earlier this month, Damien did a profile of the Santa Monica Critical Mass. Current iterations of the event are relatively small in scale, but in years past they were highly controversial, even within the...

Events: Tree Hugging, An Evening with John McCain, and a Prescreening of “Cesar Chavez”

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For most of its recent history, the city of Santa Monica has cultivated a reputation as being environmentally friendly, and perhaps even slightly bohemian. If one looks around, it isn't hard to see where...
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