Join us this week as we talk with J. Scott Smith about his 29 Palms photographic series, celebrating the varied beauty of Southern California’s palm trees. We’ll also visit with performance artist Tim Youd, while he types a Charles Bukowski novel in the bed of a rented pickup truck outside the former Terminal Annex Post Office, where Bukowski worked for a decade.

Plus, Metro re-routes bus traffic from Broadway to Hill and Spring Streets in advance of the start of Broadway Streetscape Master Plan work, Temple City gets into the streetscape planning business, Richard’s birthday bus tour announced, Downtown to get a Whole Foods market, redevelopment concerns for the landmark Barlow Hospital site in Elysian Park and Ed Rosenthal’s new book of poems inspired by his Joshua Tree hiking ordeal. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of August 5th, 2013.

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Temple City’s streetscape plan.

Whole Foods to open in downtown LA.

Redevelopment fears for Barlow Hospital site.

Ed Rosenthal’s The Desert Hat: Survival Poems… A True Story of Getting Lost and BeingFound in Joshua Tree.

J. Scott Smith’s 29 Palms project. Scott’s 29 Palms talk at the LAVA Sunday Salon.

Tim Youd types The Right Stuff in Lancaster.

LAVA’s Monthly Sunday Salon, August

August’s Broadway On My Mind Tour (right after Salon!)

Roebling Bldg.‘s Batchelder Tile Tour