Nationally renowned impact journalism media site Streetsblog covers active mobility [walking, biking and transit] and general progressive planning topics across the United States along with specific reporting for the metro areas of New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles. Over the past couple years Southern California Streets Initiative, the co-publisher of Streetsblog Los Angeles had expanded that coverage further into micro-journalism that focuses on four specific communities including the Eastside and South Los Angeles along with the Cities of Santa Monica and Long Beach. Santa Monica’s bureau recently even developed its own brand as Santa Monica Next with Long Beach to follow soon afterward.
LongBeachize was started three years ago as a blog profiling bike culture in Long Beach. Originally developed by Stephanie Libanati and Baktaash Sorkhabi, the graphically smart website was an outlet for their enthusiasm for all things urban and Long Beach. The quality of graphic design and passion that emanated from the stories on LongBeachize ultimately led to Baktaash being welcomed aboard City Fabrick (a local non-profit urban design studio) as a Design Coordinator. Since he started with City Fabrick over a year ago, Long Beachize largely went dormant.
LongBeachize is being relaunched as the Long Beach bureau for Streetsblog Los Angeles.
Transitioning in the editorial role of LongBeachize is Brian Addison, who many people will be familiar with as Associate Editor of the Long Beach Post. Assisting him are local advisors former professional cyclist Antonio Cruz, Millworks director and Peace Builders founder Michelle Molina, travel writer and photographer Kayte Deimona along with City Fabrick staff Baktaash Sorkhabi and Brian Ulaszewski.
Brian Addison shared, “With a strong brand and existing social media presence it just made sense to retool LongBeachize for an expanded audience.”
Like the Santa Monica Next content will focus primarily on the local community augmented by relevant Streetsblog news from across the network. But the intention is for LongBeachize to provide coverage about what makes this city unique, including but not limited to bike culture, Long Beach Transit, the Ports and Airport, skateboarding and freeway removals. With the recent adoption of the updated Mobility Element of the Long Beach General Plan and upcoming updates of the Housing, Land-use and Urban Design Elements, there should be significant changes to the city’s urban fabric.
LongBeachize will be a dominant source for news about the design and planning of the physical environment in Long Beach.