Author Archives: hoffthebeatenpath

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.

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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 […]

Bikesharing in Washington DC

On a recent trip to Washington DC, I decided to try out the bikeshare program as a way to check out the monuments. I was staying near East Market, which was the ideal neighborhood for the car-free traveler.  Taking the subway from the airport to my Airbnb was a cinch, and there was a hub […]

LA Leaders Say ‘No’ to Jaywalking Laws

Los Angeles pedestrians may finally see some relief from citations. City Councilmember Jose Huizar and State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago are pushing for common sense changes to antiquated state laws in order to allow pedestrians to begin crossing the street during the flashing countdown signal. Huizar and Santiago held an action on August 9th calling for […]

Why I Marched in Women’s March Los Angeles, Part 4: Future Generations

My friend brought her nine-year old daughter, Luna, to the Women’s March. She wanted her daughter to be a part of this event so she can learn social engagement and how to stand up for our rights. I spent some time with Luna while we had lunch after the March.  I flipped over my protest […]

Why I Marched in Women’s March Los Angeles, Part 3: First Amendment Rights

I believe it was not a coincidence that the authors of the Constitution gave the 1st Amendment top billing. Our right to free speech, a free press, and right to assemble are the backbone of what makes us a great nation.    I’ve been appalled by how our new president regards the press and those […]