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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.


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.

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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.

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L.A.'s Boost to Small Businesses

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

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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.

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

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

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Photographing the Gorgeous Neon Lights of Old Los Angeles

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

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The Last Elevator Operator in Los Angeles

A short film pays tribute to 75-year-old Ruben Pardo, who drives the elevator up and down a Wilshire Boulevard building six days a week.

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California's Light Pollution Fades Away in This Star-Dazzled Film

Lost in Light gradually transports you from light-blighted cities to sanctuaries for star-gazing.

Gina Cella

A Fast-Casual Chain Brings Healthy Meals to L.A.'s Food Deserts

Everytable has come up with a unique pricing model meant to make fresh food available at any income.

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A 1,400-Foot Journey Through L.A.'s Groundwater Supply

A new public art installation projects layers of soil along the banks of the Los Angeles River.

Inside L.A.'s Most Cavernous Bookstore

A short documentary tours the quirky interior of a bibliophile’s paradise.

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Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.