Los Angeles

A design rendering of more than a dozen different backyard-cottage templates.

A One-Stop Shop for Affordable Backyard Homes Advances in L.A.

A new program in Los Angeles seeks to finance and build accessory dwellings for homeowners who agree to rent them to Section 8 voucher-holders.

A toddler breathes from a nebulizer while sitting in a crib.

How Scientists Discovered What Dirty Air Does to Kids’ Health

The landmark Children’s Health Study tracked thousands of children in California over many years—and transformed our understanding of air pollution’s harms.

a photo of a man surveying a home garage.

How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

Could High-Speed Rail Ease California’s Housing Crisis? See Japan.

A UCLA study says that bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka helped reduce housing prices. Would that work for San Francisco and Los Angeles?

L.A. Joins the Growing Battle Over Location Data

Los Angeles is taking the Weather Channel to court over its treatment of app users’ location data. Expect that to be one of many such lawsuits in 2019.

A photo of a Tesla Model X inside the Boring Company's demonstration tunnel in Los Angeles.

Dig Your Crazy Tunnel, Elon Musk!

The Tesla CEO says his Boring Company tunnel cost $10 million per mile to build. If that’s true, it could be a big deal for public transit.

IKEA plans to boost its online offerings and open 30 smaller stores in city centers over the next two years.

Why IKEA Wants to Move Downtown

The retail giant plans to open a series of “city center” stores, starting in Manhattan. It’s a notable departure from its usual big-box suburban megastores.

An illustration of a person taking a selfie for Instagram.

Your Entire City Is an Instagram Playground Now

CityLab’s guide to the #GrammableCity.

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.

An illustration of Gothamist logos being packed up.

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.

Downtown Los Angeles is pictured.

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.

A firefighter pulls a hose down a wooded trail.

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

“The comparison is not a bad one.”

Deer crossing a two-lane highway

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.

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?