hey petalers, yesterday LA shut down a bunch of the city to open it up to bikes. i think a similar thing exists in New York too--and the bay area has critical mass, which is basically much better because it's autonomous. so even though LA's thing (ciclavia) is definitely tied to making the city a happy yuppie place, there was something so freeing about biking down the street with lots of other people, not worrying about getting hit by cars. i put headphones in some of the time and cruised along with everyone else, thinking, is this what life after capitalism is gonna be like?
this version of the event was tied to the 100th anniversary of the la phil so there was music all along the route, including this sweet gamelan orchestra. after each song the members would get up and switch instruments, so there was no clear leader and everyone was doing everything. a life-giving image.