Sahra is Communities Editor for Streetsblog L.A., covering the intersection of mobility with race, class, history, representation, policing, housing, health, culture, community, and access to the public space in Boyle Heights and South Central Los Angeles.
Police Peddle Misinformation about Sidewalk BikingBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
Chávez reassured Univisión that LAPD wasn't trying to extract money via sidewalk biking tickets. But sidewalk riding is legal.
Transit Public School Set For Blighted L.A. LotsBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
For black stakeholders eager to shed the despised "Death Alley" label and address the damage rooted in segregationist policies, the stakes feel especially high
As L.A. Ramps up Efforts to Get People off the Streets, a Young Man Struggles to Stay HousedBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
Before the connection cuts, I hear the plea underlying the panic that pushed him to this point: "Officer, I don't have nowhere else to go."
“I Can’t Go Everywhere that I Thought I Could Go”: When Black and Brown Cyclists Need Safety from More than TrafficBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
“I knew where I was,” muses Slimm, the 25-year-old road captain from the Los Ryderz Bike Club regarding his fateful decision to roll past 65th on Broadway – the heart of East Coast Crips territory, “but I was just riding by…” Keeping track of whose territory you are in is key to survival for many […]
S.B. 827 News: Rules Cmte Affirms Need to Address Housing Crisis; Says No to Sacramento’s ApproachBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
While curbing the power of the I-got-mine-so-go-away-peasant crowd to veto growth is indeed a most urgent imperative, the fact that the zoning changes are tied to transit lines means that, here in Los Angeles, it is disproportionately lower-income communities of color that will be affected by the bill.
Mobility Justice Advocates Gather in Leimert Park for Untokening CaliforniaBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
She had had enough of hearing her community spoken about in offensive ways by well- (and not-so-well-) meaning planners and advocates, enough of giving 110 percent of herself only to realize a fraction of what she put forward was being seen as having value, enough of how disinterested those with power over what happened in marginalized communities remained in the larger picture, and enough of being tokenized.
The Bike/Ped Count and How People Relate to their StreetsBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
I love doing the bike/ped counts. I move through the communities I cover constantly, but rarely get the chance to stand in one place for two hours and observe how a particular corner functions.
The Hoover Triangle: Effort to Do LA Bus Riders a Solid Takes Away their ShadeBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
Deeply imperfect as Triangle 1.0 was, it had had shade in its favor.
We Don’t Appreciate the Vulnerability of Pedestrians Until It’s Too LateBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
What a hideous and untenable thing, we collectively agreed in pausing our trajectories to render assistance, to see this poor woman so fragile and afraid in the street like this. Yet data suggests we generally don't appreciate how vulnerable others are or how much power we have to hurt each other until it's too late - and pedestrians and cyclists tend to pay the steepest price for that.
Ancestors v. Polka Dots: Some Thoughts on Approaches to “Place-Making”By Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
In many historically marginalized urban neighborhoods, decades of disenfranchisement and the repressive policing that accompanied it created great insecurity in the public space and, over time, eroded bonds of social trust between neighbors. With the public space essentially rendered off limits for too many, community had to be nurtured in private spaces.
The Women’s March, the “It’s Not Your Time” Doctrine, Urban Planning, and YouBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
The divide between the communities I write about and the people who seek to plan or advocate on their behalf has never felt deeper.
Election Reflections: “Law-and-Order,” the Resilience of White Supremacy, and YouBy Sahra Sulaiman | | No Comments
“Where do things stand now?” I asked Adonia Lugo as we organized potential discussion themes ahead of this Sunday’s Untokening event. Election results were just starting to roll in from the East Coast, she replied, and they weren’t looking good for Hillary. Perhaps we should relabel the event ‘The UnTrumpening,’ I mused. We were already […]