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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment of Time #437 - Square Town/Town Square

01.17.18

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.

Organized 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:

Square Town/Town Square


We continue our revisitation of past rides this week with one of my all-time personal favorites. While Square Town/Town Square perhaps could be seen as fitting into the category of "routes that draw a shape on a map" (a category we don't actually tend to do all that much), it is of course more precisely about drawing an old map onto the current map. And, as Nathan pointed out in the original announcement below, that means all sorts of interactions between the old city shape and the present conditions. It also means a ridiculous hill or five. And, you know, fun!

(32 miles; several steep but short climbs — on bike, on stairs, on trails (and "trails"))

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ORIGINAL ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Los Angeles today is an oddly-shaped thing — tentacles reaching toward the mountains and the sea, perforated by smaller cities and unincorporated areas — but the first officially recognized boundaries for the city (at least under American rule) were quite simple: a square, two leagues on a side, centered on the Plaza de Olvera.

The traces of that old boundary are still visible on maps, where street alignments shift and property lines are arbitrarily sliced. From an appropriate vantage point — say, atop a particularly large hill — parts of the boundary can be seen in person. In other places, it is a boundary not so much seen as felt: our movements are thwarted by the awkward meshing of old and new street grids; the logic of travel is momentarily interrupted; the landscape undergoes a subtle change of attitude or architectural style. And in a few places, where buzzing electrical lines trace the path of the old city limits, the boundary can even be heard.

But as you may discover, there are many places where history has removed all traces of the old lines (arbitrary and imaginary as they were) and the boundary can be reconstructed only with great effort.

We are willing to expend that effort.

http://www.thepassageride.com/Routes/169


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Passage Classics Schedule:
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Jan 10 - #231 - Tree Trimming Tea Timing
Jan 17 - #169 - Square Town / Town Square
Jan 24 - #87 - Whistling Past, Then Paving Over
Jan 31 - #402 - Exquisite Corpus
Feb 7 - no ride
Feb 10 (Saturday) - weekend ride TBA
Feb 14 - #91 - The Horn of Gabriel
Feb 21 - #84 - Where the Wild Things Aren't
Feb 28 - no ride
March 3 (Saturday) - #388 - Reliquaries and Rites of Way

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