When I kick the bucket,” he begins - about to describe why he’s glad his stuff has ended up at the Rosenbach, where it will be seen, not archived - then goes parenthetical: “Which can’t be too long from now. I think I’m getting out just in time. Watching the news, everything seems to be in disorder. Everybody seems to be unhappy. We’ve lost the knack of living in the world with the sensation of safety.”
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control reported that birthrates have dropped for American women in all age groups … except those age 40 to 44. This group — my group — saw a 6% increase from 2007 to 2009. Granted, this cohort still has the lowest birthrate, and basic biology means we’d never catch up to fertile 20somethings.
Woman Killed after Driving Car Off Four-Story Parking Structure used by LA Sports Club
An elderly woman has died after the car she was driving plunged from the fourth story of a West Los Angeles parking structure.
Yesterday at about 9:20 a.m. on Nebraska Avenue east of Pontius Avenue, 75-year-old Los Angeles resident Maris Cherry drove her 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan off of a parking structure that belonged to an athletic club. Besides crashing on the sidewalk below, her car also hit a vehicle barrier wall and a power pole.
First, my sympathy to the family and friends of the victim of this accident. But I cannot hide a perverse fascination with the situation.
Am I the only one fascinated by accidents involving autos overshooting ramps in parking structures and bursting out of the side rails? Is it some kind of bosom serpent fantasy as re-imagined by J.G. Ballard that I’ve internalized over the years.
There’s a spiral parking structure in downtown Chicago, the famous Marina City tower parking garages, that is the perfect site for flying vehicular mayhem. I just imagine cars overshooting those narrow ramps and plunging into the river below. Perhaps I’m just influenced by that scene in Bullit and other movies that use the parking garage in innovative ways. Check out the National Building Museum blog for its survey of movies, using scenes in garages to manifest the cliff/cave metaphor.
Los Angeles has plenty of vertiginous parking ramps as well. My favorites are all Downtown, especially the L.A. Athletic Club parking structure, which is so narrow. But the Little Tokyo mall provides plenty of automotive anxiety as well.
Should we consider the age of the driver victim as a factor in the accident? It’s hard being an LA Crone-the compulsion to exercise softening bones leads the poor dear to have to drive to exercise class encased in concrete bunkers, accessible only via labyrinthine parking structures.
Santa Monica city fathers must be relieved that the accident did not occur in the new Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure.
“The automotive city Windsor, Ontario, is being called one of the “Top 10 American cities of the future,” according to fDi Magazine. Its second-place ranking in the “economic potential” category coincides with the Conference Board of Canada’s expectation that the Windsor-Essex economy will outperform all other Canadian cities this year.
CBC.ca | 18 April 2011”—