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Metro ridership keeps dropping; Echo Park artist as fashion muse; Dodger Stadium to sport more safety netting

Transit: Ridership on Metro bus and trains continued to drop last year, dragging reported trips down to the lowest levels in a decade. Bus ridership alone has fallen about 20% during the last five years. It’s not certain what’s behind the decline but officials have blamed the drop on everything from competing ride-sharing services to the issuance of state drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. L.A. Times

Fashion: A new spring ready-to-wear collection by designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais was inspired by the work of Echo Park artist Peter Shire, one of the prominent American members of the Memphis art movement during the 1980s. “We’re always looking at iconic L.A. things and we saw the Peter Shire show at MOCA about the Memphis movement, said Wolk. “He was the only Memphis designer who was not Italian and he was from Los Angeles, so when we saw the patterns and colors and combinations in that show that was completely inspiring for us.” WWD & Vogue

Dodgers: The Dodgers will install more safety netting behind the home plate area to protect fans from foul balls. More than a dozen other teams are also expanding the use of netting in light of new league regulations and the serious injury sustained last year by a 3-year-old girl who was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium.  Daily News

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One comment

  1. Two things have contributed to the drop in Metro ridership. This should be clear to anyone who frequently travels in LA:

    1- Uber / Lyft are so cheap and convenient that it’s definitely cutting into this market

    2- Metro just feels to unsafe. Just like the BART system in SF, the crime and homeless people are out of control. Waiting at a stop is like waiting to be robbed. People will continue to take Uber / Lyft or just drive until the crime and rampant homelessness are cleaned up in this city. Which probably won’t happen any time soon unless we get a brave enough police chief to step up and actually enforce the law.

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