RIDE-Arc Recap

Last night was the two-year anniversary ride of RIDE-Arc’s monthly bike gathering, but instead of trying to top past spectacle rides such as May’s which provided unbelievable access to the Long Beach Port or last October’s which included unheard of after-hours entry to two landmark cemeteries, organizers Alex and Gabe delivered a thought-provoking of ride of richer and poorer that examined downtown’s disparity between its rapid gentrification and entrenched homeless marginalization… with a little incarceration thrown in at the end with a visit to the Twin Towers jail.

Past the Biscuit Company Lofts with its $4 million penthouse through dark streets lined with the destitute in their makeshift encampments it was another awesome RIDE-Arc excursion that ended back at the Southern California Institute of Architecture for a RIDE-Arc birthday party that I was too tired to stay at and instead chugged on home.


A skidrow streetwalker and a spelling error
on San Julian north of 7th Street. 

The route, as recalled to the best of my ability, can be viewed here. A photoset of pix from the night are here.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."