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The Over/Under Pass: LA

Welcome to The Over/Under Pass, a new podcast and website dedicated to transit, architecture, real estate, planning, history, and life in the paved-over paradise that is Los Angeles and Southern California. To paraphrase Mama Cass, “They tell us the (fault) line runs right through here.” Hosted by: Catherine Brobeck, Kyle McNally & Jesse Pizarro

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Episode 11: LA River or Concrete Trough?

On this week’s show, we’re discussing the cement trough that is the Los Angeles River. We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from Rio de Los Angeles State Park in the LA neighborhood of Glassell Park to Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood in under an hour on a Saturday in June in time for a pool party – this may or may not have happened in real life – and we’ll highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.

55mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 10: Los Angeles Public Library

On this week’s show, we’re discussing the Los Angeles Public Library – its mission, its services, its daily reality – through the lens of Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles (as well as its 72 branches).We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from City Hall to the Central Library and back to our old friend LACMA and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.

1hr 1min

22 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 9: Fire, Power

On this week’s show, we’re discussing Southern California’s electrical grid, power authorities, the threat of summer brown-outs and black-outs, and how it’s all connected to wildfire risk.We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from one SoCal nuclear plant to the other and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.Note: this episode contains a few swear words that were mistakenly not cut/bleeped out. Apologies!

1hr 3mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 8: Disneyland, the Happiest (Zoned) Place on Earth

On this week’s show, we’re discussing Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Allegedly.We’ll be exploring its layout and land use; relationship with Anaheim, Southern California and the Disney brand globally; and discussing the consumer motivation for paying exorbitant prices to experience a completely planned and controlled theme park environment shared with a crush of children and slow-walking tourists. We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from the Disneyland park entrance to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and highlight a few other interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed!

59mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 7: Park La Brea

On this week’s show, we’re discussing California’s perennial housing crisis and whether large scale developments could, theoretically, help ameliorate this problem. We’ll do so by examining Park La Brea, the well-known mid-city Los Angeles mega-development.We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to find a new apartment and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.

1hr 7mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 6: California High-Speed Fail?

On this week’s show, we’re discussing California’s long-fabled High-Speed Rail (HSR) from LA to San Francisco – its history, proposed route, and what the Biden infrastructure bill may mean for the embattled project.We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco currently, and share an update on last week’s episode about the Port of LA and Long Beach.

1hr 3mins

18 May 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 5: Sup, Ports of LA

On this week’s show, we’re discussing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach! Together, they’re known as the San Pedro Bay Port Complex, which collectively handle more containers per ship call than any other port complex in the world and handle double the volume of any other port in the United States. We’ll touch on the recent bottleneck caused by unloaded cargo ships, as well as the interconnected issues of pollution and labor disputes.We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from the Port of LA to the Arts District for a date (ha!) and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.

58mins

11 May 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 4: LACMA on Fire (Part Two)

This week’s show, part 2 of 2, is a big one! We’re discussing LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and its controversial future as an overpass.As many of you know or have seen, LACMA is currently undergoing a massive redesign and renovation, set to be completed at the end of 2023. And We. Have. Thoughts.  We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to park your car at LACMA and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed, including the passing of billionaire arts philanthropist Eli Broad.

1hr 35mins

4 May 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 3: SoFi So Far

On this week’s show, we’re discussing SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, home of the Rams, home of the Chargers, and home to the upcoming 2028 LA Olympics. We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from DTLA to SoFi and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.

57mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 2: LACMA on Fire (Part One)

On this week’s show, part 1 of 2, we’re discussing the history and current state of LACMA: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as its very controversial future.  As many of you know or have seen, LACMA is currently undergoing a massive redesign and renovation, set to be completed at the end of 2023. And We. Have. Thoughts.  We’ll also argue about “The Wrong Way” to get from LACMA to IKEA BURBANK and highlight a few interesting transit and real estate issues you may have missed.Final Note: Kyle acknowledges his mic is terrible and vows to get a new one.

57mins

20 Apr 2021

Rank #10