Stories

The urban story can be found in the fragments of highly visible yet rarely noticed land. The sometimes left over pieces of urban planning and traffic management or remnants of history. While many people don't notice these seemingly banal places, traffic islands do have a history, stories of how they have been used in the past and today that gives us a lens through which to see this city and to reconsider the use and availability of public space.

These stories make up the Lore of the Islands.

World’s Smallest Traffic Island & Peaceable Assembly Space

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Fort Hauser, a recurring sculptural spectacle

Islands of LA congratulates Fort Hauser on its use of traffic islands for public space and wishes success for 2012 as it embarks on new projects. Its great to see Faith Purvey‘s project evolve. Faith first contacted Islands of LA in early 2008 wanting to do an event on a traffic island. Through correspondence, phone [...]

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Occupy LA uses island/median to protest Obama fundraiser dinner

Posted on Facebook: NEWS ALERT: An Occupy LA detail departs City Hall shortly. Their statement follows. “We are occupying the medians/traffic islands at Wilshire/Highland. President Obama will be arriving this evening to hold $35,800 per plate fundraisers at the homes of Hollywood celebrities. We are protesting the necessity that a president be bought-and-paid-for in order [...]

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Bahranian assembly for democracy centered on a traffic circle!

The Bahrainians recently engaged in peaceable assembly on a traffic circle or roundabout known as Pearl Monument located in Manama, protesting for Democracy. They chanted “Peaceful! Peaceful!” and, at first, the government allowed the assembly. In a video clip from February 17, 2010, Senior White House News Correspondent, Jake Tapper, says “Hilary Clinton and other [...]

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Candlelight March & Share (this Sunday)

For Middle Eastern solidarity, lets gather safely in the city and stoke the kindling of group liberty. We’ll meet at San Vicente and 20th on Sunday. Moving, from 8 to 9pm, a soiree along the wide, grassy median way. Bring a story, snack or quote, a poem, a song of middle eastern origin. Holding candles [...]

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Bahrainians Utilize Traffic Circle For Peaceable Assembly

The demonstrations in Bahrain began when people started gathering on a large traffic circle called Pearl Monument. Here are some highlights of the initial events: February 20th, SFGate reported: In Bahrain, demonstrators triumphantly returned to the Pearl Square traffic circle after the military pulled back on government orders. March 13th, AP International reported a story [...]

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Honk for equality!!

“Traffic island as public space. Honk for equality!!” says Linda Samuels, who sent in some pictures of a protest she spotted on this traffic island on October 24, 2010.

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Grannies of Greater Westerly use a Traffic Island for Recurring Assemblies & Protest

  On a traffic island in Westerly, RI, in March, 2008, the Raging Grannies staged a protest against the war in Iraq. According to the Grrrrannies of Grrreater Westerly, “The first Raging Grannies errr … sprouted … in 1986 in Victoria, BC, to sing satirical songs protesting nukes, militarism, racism, clear-cut logging, and corporate greed. [...]

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World War I Memorial

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Is Stonehenge the origin of the traffic island?

What is it about Stonehenge that makes people take their senses leave? Oh, why should a harmless group of megaliths induce a softening of the brain? Such questions Hill persistently, with erudition examines in her witty book Stonehenge. One great strength of Hill is that her method does not merely laugh at what appears as [...]

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