Los Angeles

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.

Farmers work on a farm near a construction site of new residential buildings in Shanghai in 2016

The Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Future Cities

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

A man and two kids interact with the street perfume machine at an L.A. bus stop

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.

Case workers stoop to chat with a man under blankets on a city sidewalk.

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?

A street vendor hanging cans of Coke to a customer in a sunny park

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.

A girl drinks a bottle of water next to a fan spraying water mist on a hot summer day

'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.

A young man and his father in an auto garage, leaning against a souped-up vintage car

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.