Why Are There So Many Cemeteries in East LA? Ask Chris ExplainsFor answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.Q: Why are there so many cemeteries in East L.A.?A: In the 1870s L.A.’s pocket graveyards were filling up rapidly, and the city had banned new ones from being built. So savvy developers lobbied for…
Why Don't You See Houses Being Moved Anymore?For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.It occurred to me that it has been years since I’ve seen an entire house moved. We used to see about one a month when I was a kid. Is it illegal now?Just a few months ago, I…
Do They Still Make the Paper Edition of the Thomas Guide Maps?For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.Do they still make the paper edition of the Thomas Guide maps?I keep one in the trunk in case the phone conks out, but there hasn’t been a new edition in almost four years.…
What's That Ghostly Glow in Griffith Park? It's Boney IslandIt’s back! Boney Island, the wacky Halloween carnival that thrilled kids of all ages for nearly two decades in Sherman Oaks, returned last night—at a new location in Griffith Park.Former Simpsons producer Rick Polizzi started the attraction almost 20 years ago as an amusement for his…
What's With the Old West Theme at Gower Gulch Shopping Center? For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. What’s with the Old West theme at the Gower Gulch shopping center, and what happened to the celebrity sidewalk stars there? The hokey false fronts and vintage medicine wagon (the mall’s caretaker used…
Are There Efforts to Keep L.A.'s Old Trees From Being Cut Down? For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Are there efforts to keep L.A.’s biggest, oldest trees from being cut down? The Bureau of Street Services has a list of “Significant Street Trees” to conserve, and there’s a whole forest…
Where Does All the Dirt Metro Excavates for Rail Lines Go? For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Where does all the dirt Metro excavates for its underground rail lines go? Take a ride with me on the circle of life for a minute, won’t you? Concrete for the Gold Line…
Why Are There Stairs Down to the 110 Freeway? For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Why are there stairs from 7th Street down to the 110 freeway in DTLA? The Harbor Freeway was constructed at the tail end of the streetcar era (See Who Framed Roger Rabbit), as L.A. was…
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