As you can see in my photo, bikes are everywhere. They’ve taken over Wilshire Boulevard- right in the heart of Los Angeles. Ha, and you thought LA was all about automobiles. Welcome to CicLAvia. And to answer the question posed by the LA Quiz, we are on Wilshire Blvd looking toward a thirty-story glass, concrete and steel building. Our exact location is the center of the Harbor Freeway overpass and we are facing downhill to where Wilshire Blvd stops at the building straight ahead: The One Wilshire Building.
It so happens, the importance of One Wilshire is not well known. For instance, have you’ve ever wondered whether the ubiquitous Internet cloud really floated along in the sky as a cirrus, or cirrocumulus, or a cumulonimbus cloud? Well, wonder no more. The Internet cloud isn’t a cloud at all; rather, it’s that thirty-story building in our photo. There’s probably a gazillion miles of cables and wires deep inside One Wilshire that zips your emails along smoothly.
So, One Wilshire plays an important role as a telecommunications link worldwide. Fortune Magazine in 2015 reportedly claimed that it had the distinction of being the most “highly connected Internet point in the western U.S.” with underseas cables allowing “one-third of internet traffic from the U.S. to Asia (to pass) through the building.” So, now you know what the Internet cloud looks like and where it physically exists (at least the Los Angeles portion of it).
Any way, the second part of our LA Quiz asked what event was taking place? Just how did this gathering of bikes in front of One Wilshire happen? It was a CicLAvia day, one of LA’s open street events. It happens to be one of my favorite activities. If you’re not familiar with this experience, it’s where certain city streets are closed to automobiles and opened to bikes, skates, joggers and just about any non-motorized form of transportation- for a day. This latest (August 14, 2016) CicLAvia route started at Wilshire Blvd and Grand Ave and went for three and a half miles to Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave. If you like biking then click here for future events and detailed information: Ciclavia.org.
In a hurry? You can get the answer to this LA Quiz at my About page. It will be posted until the next quiz is presented.
Are you ready for the next Quiz? Well, take a look at the above photo. This unique- (how shall I say it?) hole-in-the-wall has been in the news lately. do you remember where and why? Hum? Where is this famous hole? Once you recognize it, go ahead and plan a visit. Until next time, have fun.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at these earlier posts and see if you can identify the locations featured. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next postings. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Explore LA and have fun.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
This Public Art Said- Come Fly With Me (Jan. 2015)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)
St Vincent Court- An Important Locale in DTLA’s History (August 2016)