Bird scooters are ruining Venice

Not just because they are a safety menace, but because they let tech bros zip past the actually troubling parts of urban life, like encampments of homeless people.
— Read on www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jackson-bird-scooter-20180515-story.html

Snapchat Leaving Venice

I’d heard rumors, but that’s it.

Well, it turns out the rumors are true.

The tech company, founded in Venice in 2011, is vacating a large chunk of its Venice network of office space for a location in a corporate office park in Santa Monica.

This may actually serve as one final “fuck you” to the Peoples Republic of Venice, as the move will undoubtedly create a vast surplus of vacant office space. Five years’ of rising rents has taken its toll on the neighborhood’s character. That increased cost of doing business has forced out dozens of local businesses (not to mention my local beer garden). Okay, so I have an axe to grind.

The company is planning to move to an office complex adjacent to Santa Monica Airport. I wonder if the corporate leadership will benefit from the accessibility of private air travel?

Who knows? Oh, well. Maybe now I can finally start using the app. I hear it’s kind of fun.

via Snapchat Is Pulling Out of Venice, and Gentrification Activists Are Overjoyed ~ L.A. TACO