How UCLA Students Fought for—and Won—the Right to Shape Westwood's FutureWestwood can feel like a college town in the midst of a big city. UCLA’s 419-acre campus is the Westside neighborhood’s centerpiece, a hub of activity with 45,428 students, graduate students, and medical residents as of Fall 2017. But until recently, very few of those…
Maps Juxtapose L.A. Transit in 1926 and What It Could Look Like 102 Years LaterDid you know that in the 1950s a Houston businessman named Murel Goodell proposed building a bitchin’ 60-mile monorail system that would have traveled from the Valley to Long Beach by way of downtown, but that Beverly Hills, which wanted a…
What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in AlhambraWe asked realtor Adam Bray-Ali three questions about buying in Alhambra. Here’s what you need to know.What styles of houses are there?“It’s a really broad range, from Arts and Crafts to funky Spanish hybrids to a whole bunch of 1950s ranch-style homes on the northeast…
Inside the Effort to Make L.A.'s Low-Income Communities GreenerTamika Butler spent three years pushing for a more pedal-friendly L.A. as head of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, but these days the 34-year-old activist has her sights set on building more parks. Since 2017, Butler’s been at the helm of the nonprofit Los Angeles Neighborhood…
Homes That Look Like Big White Boxes Have Taken Over the Westside's LandscapeThe big house on the next block rose in 2014, startling in its size, its whiteness. The design was simple, almost austere—two rectangular stories and a balcony, the stucco expanse broken only by three wood-framed windows. In an older, mostly modest Westside neighborhood…
New Renderings of Metro’s Future LAX Station Are Looking Pretty FreshIf the rumors (i.e. official projections) are true, we’re about a year out from the opening of the Crenshaw Line to the Aviation/Century station, where a free bus will connect riders to the airport. The train’s eventual final stop, the Airport Metro Connector Station—which will…
In the Future, How Will We Get From Point A to Point B in L.A.?By now the consensus is that L.A.’s traffic won’t be ameliorated by catering solely to cars; the more we widen freeways, the more we induce demand. Over the next decade, however, a number of new transportation projects from Metro and the…
How Proper Urban Planning Can Cure What Ails Los Angeles USC’S School of Architecture is known for producing one-of-a-kind thinkers—Paul Williams, Frank Gehry, and Thom Mayne are just a few of the visionaries who cut their teeth at the century-old institution. But Milton Curry, who was named dean in the spring of 2017, wants his…
Hop Louie, Closed Since 2016, Is Reopening in Chinatown The old Hop Louie restaurant on Chinatown’s Mei Ling Way had a good run—more than 75 years—before closing in August, 2016. Legions of fans descended on the place two years ago to remember the opulent landmark over a last plate of chop suey or a Scorpion…
The New Figueroa Street Bike Lane Tames One of L.A.'s Scariest Cycling Streets Crawling along at a glacial pace in L.A. traffic is never fun. But it’s especially not-fun when the event you’re about to be late to is the opening of a new bike lane. I’m on my way to a media preview of…

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