July 6th, 2011

Caltrans hosts high-speed rail exhibit in LA

high speed rail caltrans

As anyone who’s ever taken the 101 freeway knows, traffic in LA is a strange beast. Of the 50 most traffic-riddled metropolitan areas in the United States, Los Angeles is the worst.

So it should come as no surprise that thinkers at Caltrans and the Van Alen Institute are hosting an exhibition about the potential impacts of high-speed rail on Los Angeles.

The free Life at the Speed of Rail exhibit will feature a presentation of the winning entries from its high-speed rail competition as well as an interactive discussion about the role of design in California’s high-speed future.

Life at the Speed of Rail
Tuesday, July 12
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Thom Mayne, Morphosis
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times
Michael Lejeune, Metro
Dana Cuff, UCLA cityLAB
John Rahaim, San Francisco Planning Department
Alissa Walker, GOOD
Andrew Colopy & Diana Lind, Van Alen Fellows

Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
100 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Erin Brodwin
Erin Brodwin is a freelance multimedia journalist specializing in urban and environmental reporting. She currently works for the NYCity News Service, a student-powered initiative of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. A Southern California transplant to New York City, Erin has worked as a Student Director of the Student Sustainability Center at the University of California, San Diego, where she was instrumental in writing policy which made UCSD one of the first Fair Trade Certified campuses in the nation. Erin’s eye for design, her background in critical race and gender studies, and her passion for all things sustainable has taken her to places like the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, where she lead their Communications division, and Goodwill Industries International, where she worked as a grant writer and provided vocational services to low-income residents of East Los Angeles. Erin speaks English and Spanish and has lived and studied in Southern California, Morelia, Mexico, Tarragona, Spain, and Salvador, Brazil. She currently resides in New York City. You can view her portfolio (although it's still a work-in-progress!) at


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