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The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...
When I talked to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, I got the feeling that the city may be moving away from its punitive approach to homelessness and toward something more humane and practical.
Wendy Greuel with Bill Clinton at Langer's Deli during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Photo: Gary Leonard. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel were City Hall allies, and I believe friends, before...
When the first storms thrown our way by El Niño were bearing down last week, the Los Angeles-based staff writer for the New Yorker, Dana Goodyear, went out and gave...
“No one should expect the problem to be solved overnight,” cautioned former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky when I asked him about the latest and most promising aid proposal.
On the third try, SpaceX brings back the Falcon 9 and lands it on a pad at Cape Canaveral. Video inside.
The family-owned store that opened in 1957 was sold just five months ago. Lots of other changes coming to Westwood Village soon.
NPR series looks at aerospace jobs and the garment industry.
The last military transport to be made in Long Beach flew off Sunday, symbolically ending the era of aircraft manufacturing here.
Chicago's Tribune Media wants to cash in on the hot real estate market in downtown Los Angeles.
“Homelessness is a problem that involves thousands of people and requires a massive response but at the end of the day it’s really about one person at a time,“ said Miguel Santana, Los Angeles’ city administrative officer.
Twenty years later, Amazon has decided what it really needs is a physical, brick and mortar retail store to sell books.
He is a bean counter "actually worth writing about" and the point man in City Hall on the homeless issue, says the Downtown News.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, a milestone has been reached. Plus more progress at Harvey Mudd.
The Center for Investigative Reporting got the story rolling. Now Steve Lopez is on the case.
A month before shooting her famous migrant mother, Lange documented the "Mexican quarter" before it was razed for downtown's Union Station.
The web operation is still looking for the right LA headquarters, but for now BuzzFeed Motion Pictures is moving to Siren Studios.
Report is that LA's richest person is "seriously considering" a bid but has not contacted Tribune. Not that the Times is even for sale.
Andy Bales caught the trifecta of Skid Row infections — E. coli, strep and staph — and now uses a wheelchair. "Conditions on Skid Row are worse than they have ever been…"
The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, should be required reading for people who consider themselves leaders in Los Angeles.
"This is as good as it gets," says real estate broker Jeff Hyland: 157 acres on the ridge line above Beverly Hills.
For some, "the area can be a way station to a better place. For others, it’s a place where survival means community, drugs, and a regular spot on the street."
The blogger at Here in Van Nuys visited with some of the homeless parked in 15 vans, campers and RVs at North Hollywood Park.
The City Council says OK but there are some official hurdles still to jump.
Reports are that Ontario will reimburse LA for its investment at the airport and settle a lawsuit alleging poor management.
Los Angeles is getting credit for trying to fix the technology side of the old-fashioned and embarrassing way that the U.S. conducts elections.
Los Angeles is becoming a metropolis of the developing world, the New York Times columnist argues.
Mark Lacter and LA Biz ObservedMark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006 and posted until his death on Nov. 13, 2013. His 10,000-plus posts are archived here.
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StreetscapeIglesia Aposento Alto. Cantara Street in Sun Valley.
StreetscapePort of Los Angeles.
LA's ghost streetsWriter Geoff Manaugh observes the shapes of blocks, yards and homes that reveal the existence of old streets. More
Down by the riverEgyptian geese in the Los Angeles River channel near the 6th Street Viaduct. Photo: Anna Sklar.
Gone but not forgottenA presence of the late downtown newspaper the Garment & Citizen remains on a Spring Street wall.
Colors of the seasonThe day before Thanksgiving. Veronique de Turenne
PCH blueNot a bad commute. Veronique de Turenne
Griffith Observatory in the '30sDon Bentley submitted this family snapshot. Not much growth on those hills.
Spring Street streetscapeFirst Whole Foods arrives downtown. Now health food for dogs.
Rain RoomMuch-anticipated installation at LACMA requires timed tickets. A peek inside.
Lines of miscommunicationOnly in LA: Steve Harvey's latest column.
StreetscapeLast chances on La Brea Avenue. Photo by Judy Graeme. See bigger
Future of CitiesAbout 500 people turned out for new group's first LA leadership summit.
Fishing the pierSanta Monica Pier.
Chuck Berry and the StonesOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
Dorothea Lange's LA photosDowntown's "Mexican quarter" in 1936. Images
Father and daughterMayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter, Maya, at Gary Leonard's gallery.
Republicans for VoldemortSpotted near the Malibu civic center. Veronique de Turenne
Visiting mom at Clifton'sVisiting mom's ashes, that is.
Neutra and SchindlerPlay imagines what happened after the estranged architects were reunited in a 1953 hospital room. Karen Wada
'Good morning, people!'Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.