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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #374 - Amenities

10.19.16

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:

Amenities


In the world of real estate and hospitality, an amenity is a feature or service which adds value to a property. An apartment complex might have a swimming pool, for instance, or a gym. Maybe there's a doorman or a concierge. Fancy vacation rentals might have pantry stocking services (someone buys your snacks for you, ahead of time). Adding amenities is a way for developers to try to stand apart from their competition, without having to necessarily invest in better quality materials nor cede valuable space to anything but shared benefits.

Since, to be seen as an amenity, something has to be beyond certain baseline expectations of functionality, our perceptions of amenities reflects our positioning in the world, our lifestyle, our class, race, and gender, our values. We can probably all agree that a roof on a house is not an "amenity;" it is one of the things which simply makes it a house (which is not to say that not having a roof means you don't have a "home"). For many people, however and L.A. codes, as I understand them, at least in regards to new building car parking is not an amenity but a requirement for housing. And, furthermore, one's perspective shapes whether something is viewed as a feature or, possibly, a flaw. A courtyard pool might be great if you like to swim or have kids, but could be a burden if neither are the case and you prefer peace and quiet instead. Many of the amenities of high-end hotels or residences, which might seem, by turns, either too stuffy and formal or overly indulgent and coddling, could be perfect for someone with more money than they know what to do with but little privacy or time. It can be highly subjective.

We can extend this line of thinking beyond property and housing and look at the city in general through this lens: What features represent core functions of spaces/site? Which come across as added and create value? Which are added and detract? Regular Passage riders can probably guess what we see as features and flaws (fences are flaws; holes in fences? amenity!). Indeed, if they come out regularly, they probably already see things in a similar light.

This week on the ride (as, really, every week), we avail ourselves of some of the city's amenities. Ah, the good life!

(<20 miles; a small hill or two; a little off-roading, some of which might be more hiking than biking)

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Also:

2016-17 WINTER WEEKEND RIDES

Be advised that we will again be doing a series of weekend, daytime rides this November through February. We typically take the Metrolink or Metro in the morning (meeting place varying from week to week depending on method of travel, but often Union Station) and ride in a location too distant for us to cover on a typical Wednesday ride. And then, depending on the location, we either hop back on the train to return or simply ride back to Koreatown. It is generally an all-day affair.

As in years past, the dates will be determined as follows: we will skip the first Wednesday of each month and, instead ride the following Saturday (which, please note, will not always be the first Saturday of the month). The dates this year will thus be Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, and Feb. 4.

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