Author Archives: hoffthebeatenpath

From Mariachis to Velvet Paintings—My Car-Free Tour of Los Angeles

When I get out of town visitors, I get the same question nearly every time: “I should rent a car, right? I hear there isn’t good public transportation in Los Angeles.” I get excited for the opportunity to explain that yes, LA does have decent public transportation and despite it’s shortcomings, it’s only getting better. […]

 Sad Farewell to Nabi and the Union Swap Meet

Tucked away in the Union Swap Meet was a gem of a restaurant. A Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant, Nabi was the ultimate celebration of Los Angeles. It’s menu was a melting pot of two of this city’s largest immigrant populations and at a price anyone could afford.  Nabi was a frequent spot where I would […]

Preparing LA for Sustainable Growth

What does your utopian version of LA look like for the future? Architects Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Li shared their vision on June 27th with their presentation Future LA: 99% Preservation and 1% Densification at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. They have a plan for densifying 1% of land along the Wilshire corridor to accommodate […]

Five Years of Car-Free Living

June 21st was the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. It was also a solstice of sorts for me: it was the five year anniversary of living car free! Taking the plunge to get rid of my car nearly didn’t happen. The very day I posted an ad on Craigslist to sell my […]

Remembering Phillip

I decided to buy that succulent I saw today at the market. It’s beautiful. It has a hint of purple to it, and the water beads on it in such a lovely way. It may not be the original plant he gave me, but I’ll always think of Phillip when I see it.

Dockless Bikesharing Comes to Koreatown

I noticed something curious this week at the Wilshire/Vermont subway station—a bright orange bike that wasn’t locked.  Normally, an unlocked bicycle in Los Angeles would take a moment for a thief to ride away with it.  But this was no ordinary bike.  That orange bicycle is one of a few dozen of Spin Bikeshare, a […]

Bikesharing in Philadelphia 

I made a stop in the Philadelphia during my recent East Coast trip and got to try out Indego, their bikesharing program. I downloaded the Indego app before arriving in the City of Brotherly Love.  The app looked great!  It clearly showed all of the bike hubs, and also indicated how many bikes and available […]