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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.

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Can L.A. De-Stink Its Metro?

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

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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.

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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.

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Why Casino-Driven Development Is a Roll of the Dice

Usually, the public benefits of gambling deteriorate over time. But many American cities still pin their economic hopes on casinos.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Neighborhoods Where Christmas Lights Are Serious Business

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

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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.

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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.

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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.