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the real change on the Bay Bridge


Throughout last weekend and the week before, I was constantly shaking off attempts to write anything about FasTrak changes on the Bay Bridge.

Why? Because it’s boring. Moving a 6,700-ton slab of earthquake-stressed concrete two stories in the air is a lot more compelling. At any other time, I would have been all over the FasTrak story.

It’s not just that I had better things to do. It’s that it’s difficult to look at that map and say what’s so different about it. They’ve moved some lanes around, they’ve added one and they’ve made the approach lanes longer by 2,000 feet.

The latter change I think most regulars will agree is a big improvement. I’m a Carquinez user myself, and I was positively bubbling Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2007
Under: 511, art, Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, driving, Freeways, Funding, maps, tolls | No Comments »

my 15 minutes

As if all my histrionics over the MacArthur Maze collapse weren’t enough, someone is making a movie about the April 29 gasoline tanker truck mishap.

I know this because they interviewed me today for the movie, and it was so cool.

The short movie, with the working title of “Amazing,” is being done by the same people who brought us the Emmy Award-winning “The Bridge So Far,” which featured my predecessor, Sean Holstege, as one of two journalist talking heads for the comedic documentary.

Sean, alas, has Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Under: art, Bay Bridge, Caltrans, driving, Freeway collapse, Freeways, Funding, Safety | No Comments »

preparing for the 4/29 commission


I’m sorry it took so long to discover this, but if you want to get to the bottom of what really happened Sunday, there are plenty of resources out there.

The first one, referred to me by our esteemed feature writer, Laura Casey, is .

It asks,

Does Governor Schwarzenegger really expect us to believe a story even more preposterous than the already discredited official story about 9/11? To answer the question “Who is responsible for this terrible tragedy?” we must ask who stood to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
Under: art, Caltrans, Freeway collapse | 1 Comment »

YouTube for our tube

tunnel-video-ad-by-me.jpgWith everybody launching and promoting video clip Web sites, it’s hard to get excited about another one. This weekend I saw Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy on “Married with Children“), in a take-off of a Christian Children’s Fund ad, talking about the poor neglected video clips that just need a few moments of your time. All you have to do is click on AOL’s video site.

Although that didn’t grab me, today I learned about Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
Under: art, BART | 1 Comment »

there’s art, and there’s BART art

Bill Brand and subway zoetrope art

When I described the new subway-tunnel “videos” as Warhol-esque, I didn’t realize that the flickering successive poster Target ads actually have an artistic precursor in the New York Subway:

Done 27 years ago by an artist named Bill Brand (not to be confused with the esteemed beer blogger of the same name) on an abandoned subway platform near the Manhattan Bridge, the installation featured successive paintings and slits in a wall between the images and passing subway cars. Letting viewers look through slits turned the subway into a very large zoetrope device. I now understand that zoetropes were those round Victorian-Era things with Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007
Under: art, BART | 2 Comments »