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From the Ruins of a Retail Meltdown, Post-Industrial Playgrounds Emerge

While its shuttered department stores cause headaches around the U.S., Sears’s massive 1920s warehouses represent a triumph of post-industrial urbanism.

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Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites

Five U.S. cities just lost a critical source of local news. The former LAist editor explains why it’s so troubling that they were silenced.

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What Everyone Can Learn From L.A.'s Gentrification

In its second season, the podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood” explores the pressures of life in a changing Los Angeles—with lessons for listeners everywhere.

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In a Changing Climate, Will San Francisco Start to Feel Like L.A.?

“The comparison is not a bad one.”

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How Do You Stop Drivers From Colliding With Wild Animals?

Crashes between cars and critters are up in California, particularly in the Bay Area. What can transportation departments do?

Resurrecting L.A.'s Lost Latino Murals

The city’s walls have been one of the few places for minorities to tell their side of history. But too often, even those attempts have been thwarted.

L.A. County’s Latest Solution to Homelessness Is a Test of Compassion

Residents can get up to $75,000 to build a “granny flat”—if they open it up to a homeless family.

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The Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Future Cities

How might climate change and new technology cause upheavals in our sensorial landscape?

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How One L.A. Bus Stop Became a Depot for Experimental Perfumes

The LADOT’s inaugural artist-in-residence has gifted a bus shelter with some truly weird, history-inspired scents.

How Venice Beach Became a Neighborhood for the Wealthy

And what that means for affordable housing across the country.

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The Fight to House Hollywood's Sickest Homeless

Stable housing is a crucial public health intervention for vulnerable people. Anthony Ruffin is on a quest to help those most at risk.

Mapping the Shout-Outs of Lil Jon and Ice Cube

Has your city had the honor of being profanely recognized by these hip-hop kings?

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What L.A. Can Learn From Its Failed Experiment in Legalized Street Vending

It fizzled out 20 years ago, but the city can do better this time around.

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'We Can Feel the Warmth in the Walls'

The health dangers of urban heat islands are sneaky and pernicious—and researchers are trying to crack the code.

Construction workers build a single-family home in San Diego.

California's Legal Assault On NIMBYs Begins

Over 100 bills aim to fix the state’s severe housing crisis, including many that would crack down on developers and communities that aren’t doing their part.

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'Lowriders' Pictures the Nuanced Identities of L.A.'s Chicano Youth

This family drama takes some expected, even stereotypical turns. But it gets a lot of things right.

Can L.A. De-Stink Its Metro?

The city is installing lavender-smelling deodorizers in train cars to address rider complaints.

A girl plays inside a slum in Rio de Janeiro. Creating formal space for children to play can be a challenge.

To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design

In low-income neighborhoods, even the best-designed parks and community centers go to waste if no one uses them. The nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative is taking that challenge head-on.

Tagging Along With the L.A. Bicycle Crew for Women of Color

A documentary about the Ovarian Psycos is coming soon to PBS.

The 'House of the Future' Is a Shiny Rotating Blob

The off-the-grid solar home would imperceptibly spin on its central axis, providing fresh views with each season.