Los Angeles

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.

This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

Which City Might Try to Ban Huge Sodas Next?

Deductive reasoning says Seattleites should drink 'em while they got 'em.

How Dogs Saved a Los Angeles Neighborhood

Pet-friendly policies created a livelier, more vibrant downtown.

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

The Financial Case for Public Art

As two projects in Los Angeles show, public art has more than just aesthetic appeal - it can generate income for developers and local government.

The NBA's Small-Market Disadvantage

Two teams from smaller metros are doing remarkably well in this year's playoffs. But big city franchises have typically dominated NBA titles.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.

Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

The end of free time in Santa Monica.

Virtual Murals for Real-Life Buildings

The new frontier of augmented reality apps comes to urban art.

Best Places for New College Grads, 2012

The job market for this year's college graduates is tough, but choosing the right city can make all the difference.

This Week in Bans: No Pets for You in Huntington Beach

Also, the Netherlands bans tourists from purchasing marijuana (yes, really), and one Indianapolis contractor gets a visit from Johnny Law.

America's Most Powerful Global Cities

Sizing up the global clout of U.S. cities.

The Uncertain Legacy of America's Pedestrian Malls

A look at some of America's most (and least) successful designs.

The Top U.S. Cities for New Home Construction

Where construction markets are picking up again.