Los Angeles

This Week in Bans: Massachusetts Whiner Gets American Flags Removed

Also, a tony California beach town shoos away smelly persons from its libraries, and the Olympics outlaws everything.

An L.A. Artist Makes Immigrant Workers Impossible to Ignore

Ramiro Gomez plants cardboard cutouts of domestic service employees in wealthy neighborhoods.

How Your City May Have Affected Your Raise

Wage growth varies considerably by metropolitan area, according to numbers from the most recent quarter.

Race, Class, and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America

Can a city successfully gentrify its bus system? Does it want to?

Of Course People Will Ride California HSR

What they may stop riding are commercial airlines, research suggests.

Map of the Day: Church vs. Beer

The cartographers over at Floating Sheep track tweets on both topics.

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

Debating the Local Food Movement

A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security.

How the Transportation Bill Failed America

Congress had an opportunity to bring America into the 21st century. Instead it chose to pass a bill that will do little to improve access to public transportation.

Is Your City Making You Single?

Why where we live determines how we date.

What Honeybees Can Teach Us About Gang-Related Crime

Police typically identify gang territories by tracking crime, graffiti and other clues. But a simple ecological equation might do the job even better.

Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

Climate Change at the Neighborhood Level

Researchers in Los Angeles try out a more granular approach to temperature change estimates.

The Insurance Company That Thought Its Buildings Could Save Cities

Why Prudential thought it could save America's downtowns through its own decentralization.

Confessions of a Straphanger

Travel writer Taras Grescoe on the joys of public transportation.

The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.

How High Design Can Help the Homeless

Beautiful social housing in Los Angeles is trying to change the lives of its residents and the way communities feel about them.

This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

In Santa Monica, a Sculpture That Aims to Change the Weather

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's "Weather Field" installation is designed to create a "microclimate" in the air.