Reason Magazine, which is gung-ho on food trucks but hostile towards the mass transit and zoning policy that creates the sort of neighborhoods in which food trucks thrive, recently moved into a new headquarters. The building is in a little finger of City of Los Angeles proper that pokes the enclave of Culver City.
It is a ridiculously transit-accessible site. The building sits across from the turnback for LA Metro route 108, which runs 15-minute headways or better all day. It’s a busy enough route to justify an express overlay, the 358, although the peak-direction-only service isn’t particularly useful to Reason workers. It’s also a short, 3-minute walk from the Route 110, as well as several Culver City Bus routes, which are somewhat less frequent. Both Metro routes provide easy connections to the Blue Line light rail.
Availability doesn’t necessarily mean usage, however. You have to wonder if bus riding at Reason might fall into that nebulous category of “things you can do, but probably shouldn’t, since it might be looked down upon by your superiors.” But it is still interesting regardless. The establishment L’s seem to have generally done a better job than the R’s at attracting younger folks into the fold, as well as convincing their elders to dress in a manner approximating what they think younger folks dress like (witness the continuing adventures of The Jacket, the sentient lifeform which uses the body of Nick Gillespie as its host). While a location in Santa Clarita or Mission Viejo would be more in keeping with the Cox/O’Toole values often espoused by the publication, it’s also a bear of a commute for the 25-35 year old who just isn’t interested in living in those places, period. And so it comes to pass that Reason Magazine is now located across the street from a bus layover point.
Kind of sweet, really.