Alameda Corridor East is a $1b infrastructure project that sliped beneath the radar till the archeologists start uncovering spanish silver coins. The original Alameda Corridor from Long Beach to Downtown also created a new cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles – so where is the fill being disposed of from this project?
As part of the #Mammothbooks reading of The Infrastructural City, I am pleased to share the reading of my chapter in my Intro to Environmental Design class at the University of Minnesota on April 27th.
The lecture audio file is ~30 minutes and has not been edited.
w15-1 owens lake v4 of the lecture’s slides – all images are credited or by Barry Lehrman.
The LATimes recently published a story about a possible new use of the Owens Lake Playa – a 616 acre solar power plant. The Owens Lake Playa is a place that I care about and have dedicated a significant amount of time researching and writing about.
Here is the Op-Ed I submitted to the LATimes to support the project:
It is important to remember that the Owens Lake Playa is an artificial landscape created by the growth of Los Angeles. While the entire Owens Valley is a sublime landscape, it is not a pristine wilderness. As such, the Owens Valley is an ideal location for locating a large concentrating solar energy facility, especially because the transmission capacity already exists and the potential benefit of further reducing the PM10 dust emissions off the Playa.