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The Food Bank of the Future Could Be in a Post Office

A new proposal hopes to repurpose USPS infrastructure to help fight food insecurity in L.A.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

For L.A. Street Vendors, a Step Toward Legality

Decriminalization gives vendors a measure of safety from a potential crackdown on immigrants. But advocates say there’s still work to be done.

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The L.A. Metro Gets a First-of-Its-Kind Sexual Harassment Hotline

The 24/7 call center, staffed by professional counselors, is meant for riders who’ve experienced groping, fondling, and indecent exposure.

Richard Vogel/AP

L.A. Is the 'Vanguard' for Immigrants' Rights

The chief of the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs talks about what to expect in the Trump administration.

Fred Prouser/Reuters

How to Become a Rocket Scientist

For would-be scientists and engineers underrepresented in those fields, interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is often a key first step.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Neighborhoods Where Christmas Lights Are Serious Business

When it comes to holiday decorations, these communities do not hold back.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

How Cities Plan to Fight Climate Change in the Trump Years

Local leaders learned how to take action when Washington couldn’t. Now they’re betting those efforts can survive an age of science-denying federal overlords.

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A Public Sculpture That Sighs the Eerie Sounds of Satellites

“Orbit Pavilion” is a metallic womb that tracks and musicalizes invisible space chatter.

Mike Reddy

On Being Latina a Long Way From Home

Moving from L.A. to D.C. taught me a lot about losing and rebuilding my identity.

Dave Pickoff/AP

Why Republican Candidates Gave Up on American Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.

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Oil Drilling Likely Triggered Some of SoCal's Early 20th-Century Earthquakes

Scientists have linked oil and gas exploration to several L.A.-area quakes, including one that led to the passage of earthquake-resistant building codes.

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The Treat That Defines L.A.'s Day of the Dead

This Mexican holiday—and its foods—are anchors of tradition and identity across the border.  

The Gangs of L.A.: 'Assault on Precinct 13'

John Carpenter’s cult gang-siege flick made sunny Southern California scary.

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Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Hector Mata/Reuters

L.A.'s Boost to Small Businesses

A new online portal will guide entrepreneurs through layers of bureaucratic red tape.

Michael Fiala/Reuters

California's Soberanes Wildfire Is the Most Expensive in U.S. History

The product of an illegal campfire, the active blaze has cost $207 million to battle.

Jeff Topping/Reuters

California Pushes to End Private-Prison Managment of Immigrant Detention Centers

The centers have become notorious for their dangerous conditions across the state.

Angel City Press

Photographing the Gorgeous Neon Lights of Old Los Angeles

A new book documents the city’s 20th-century obsession with glitz and glow.