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A Spy Camera, a Coffee Table and a Bus Stop August 7, 2011

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by Margaret Aldrich

http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Spy-Camera-Coffee-Table-Bus-Stop.aspx

Public transportation and (welcome) social interaction don’t seem like natural companions, but Los Angeles designer and architect Julie Kim is making the bus stop a more neighborly place—and recording the results.

At a buzzing LA Metro bus stop in Koreatown this summer, Kim set up a coffee table in front of a bench for waiting patrons and covertly filmed what happened, reports GOOD. In minutes, the stylish, hand-built table—complete with a vase of flowers and a short stack of local newspapers—generated kinship and conversation between the diverse riders that gathered around it.

“The number and variety of people milling about—workers, kids, the elderly, of every ethnic group—surprised me,” Kim told GOOD. Watch a quick video of her experiment here:

 
Kim has more ideas for engaging the public at bus stops, like setting up exercise equipment. What other accoutrements could create meaningful interactions? Perhaps a minibar or a stack of meditation pillows, or how about a collection of secondhand musical instruments to get a bus stop hootenanny started…

Read more: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Spy-Camera-Coffee-Table-Bus-Stop.aspx#ixzz1UOz8Kd5n

Hammock Coffee Table in the City from Distortion Productions on Vimeo.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Spy-Camera-Coffee-Table-Bus-Stop.aspx#ixzz1UOyqn873

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1. mad bag lady - August 7, 2011

This is a great idea. However, I lived in Los Angeles for a while and from what I remember, if you “loiter” by standing on a street for too long or if you are seen walking a lot, the police will come by and start hassling you. The impression I got was that it was practically against the law to be standing on a street or walking in LA. You’re supposed to get a car and stay in it!

This is great though. We need to bring back communities and LA is a city (because of the car culture) that especially needs help in that area. I just wonder whether she was hassled at all by the police or by city officials.


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