I would buy this wine…

by Diane Duane

…just for its name.

Sitting in front of a veteran agent’s desk are two cases of Red Car Syrah

(Well, I’d hope it was also a nice wine.) …But working on The Big Meow has brought me a much extended appreciation of what the Red Car system was, and where it went, and how important it was to LA. And the affection in which it’s still held in some quarters is surprising…

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advice unasked » Blog Archive » The Red Line November 30, 2006 - 8:00 am

[…] Author Diane Duane’s comments on a wine called Red Car Syrah and the old LA Red Car system sparked these reflections: […]

randolph November 30, 2006 - 8:03 am

This sparked some reflections on rail and urban for, which I covered on my own blog: <http://www.randolphfritz.com/?cat=6&gt;. Starts “Rail is a technology that we seem to have abandoned too soon in the USA; places that have lost it miss it very much.”

randolph November 30, 2006 - 4:55 pm

Ooops! That URL was suppose to be <http://www.randolphfritz.com/?p=14&gt;. & is there some reason why this comment box has such tiny type?

Don_Fitch December 4, 2006 - 6:17 am

Fond memories indeed. When I was a highschool student in the late ’40s, living in Glendale, The Red Cars were my only way to get (faster & relatively cheaper than is possible now) in to Los Angeles, with the Subway Terminal only a few blocks from Used-Book Stores and places that sold Race Records (Dixieland Jazz).

John W December 4, 2006 - 5:06 pm

Not so seriously, you should watch “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” if you haven’t already. Lots of fun and it involves the Red Car, plus Bob Hoskins (who is one of my favourites) and Christopher Lloyd.

More seriously, one of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader books had an article in it about how the car companies destroyed mass transit in America. Check out http://www.bathroomreader.com for the site to find the books, but also check out http://newmarksdoor.typepad.com/mainblog/2003/04/followup_prompt.html for the contrarian viewpoint.

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