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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #354 - The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles

06.1.16

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles


This week's route is, for us, honestly a bit mundane. Oh, sure, it's got some staircases, some off-roading, a few short hills. But the general loop we'll be making is one that we've done some variation upon quite a few times before.

Yet here's the thing about the city: it is far from fixed. Structures go up; structures come down. And then new structures replace them. Or often there is an interim, when other forms arise -- improvised, provisional. Seen through the perspective of time, the city is not a solid thing, but fluid. Its forms rise and fall, like debris riding upon waves of optimism and failure, of speculation and decline.

And so, while our path this week may retrace some relatively familiar steps, we will encounter a landscape ever-changing, a city in flux. Building up; tearing down. And sites on the cusp of going one way or the other. And, ourselves, we will go through, will go onward, and upward too, as we do.

(~20 miles; some stairs and off-roading; a few short hills)

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Our cumulative route map t-shirt sales march onward as well. Two more weeks to pre-order yours at theroyalacademy.storenvy.com.

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