Posted in ART, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, TRANSPORTATION, tagged Amtrak, graffiti, Katharina Grosse, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, psychylustro, Rail Corridor, street art, Train on October 24, 2016|
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As part of Philadelphia’s celebrated Mural Arts program, the German artist Katharina Grosse was invited to paint an episodic series of painted landscapes and buildings along the busy Northeast Corridor rail lines. The resulting composition, called psychylustro, splashes warm clouds of neon graffiti on decaying buildings and hardscrabble landscapes, implicitly calling attention to the conditions and context for this kind of postindustrial decay, even as viewers zoom by in an Amtrak train. “It’s about an astonishing encounter with painting,” Grosse says.
Editor’s note: This post originally referred to the site as a “disused” rail corridor. It has been updated to reflect that it is located along the very active Northeast Corridor.
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Posted in CITIES, CLIMATE, COMPETITIONS, FARMS, GARDENS, LAM ONLINE, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, SAN FRANCISCO, WATER, tagged Alex Ulam, alley, art, beeds, before and after, California, climate change, Colony Collapse Disorder, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Crystal Cathedral, dancing stop light, drought, Graham Foundation, green infrastructure, jaywalking, Jon Stewart, Larry Weaner, Longwood Gardens, Nashville, National Parks Now, National Parks Service, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Russell Page, sidewalks, street art, Susan Herrington, The Frick Collection, urban agriculture, vacant lots, Van Alen Institute on September 30, 2014|
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A monthly roundup of the news, dispatches, and marginalia that caught our eye. In this month’s issue of the Queue, the staff wades through a myriad of headlines to find $2.4 billion might not be enough for New York City’s new green infrastructure, reads about gender and urban farming, and slows down to enjoy a dancing stoplight.
CATCHING UP WITH…
- With urban agriculture’s popularity on the rise, Michael Tortorello of The New York Times wonders why the majority of workers are female (and why it matters).
- San Francisco’s new tax breaks for converting vacant lots into urban farms might not make sense when there’s a lack of affordable housing in the city.
- D.C. residents are slowly shaping alleyways from dark corners of miscreant activity to vibrant social assets for the community—one alley at a time.
- For every mile of road in Nashville and its county, there is only half a mile of sidewalks, according to the Tennessean. And the city’s new flat rate fee that allows developers to opt out of building sidewalks altogether isn’t going to help.
- An Op-Ed in the New York Times says Colony Collapse Disorder is in the rear-view mirror, but it’s still too early to breathe a sigh of relief: The United States averages a 30 percent loss of our pollinator friends annually.
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