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Mark Lacter and LA Biz Observed
Mark 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.
Sign of the print apocalypse?
newsbox-apocalypse.jpgNews boxes on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. Bigger
Kimono exhibit at LACMA
kimono-panel.jpg "Kimono for a Modern Age" presents more than 30 of the traditional garments. Curator Sharon S. Takeda walks us through.
DTLA strand
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On a pleasant summer Friday, the fountain in Grand Park becomes a concrete beach. See bigger / Joel Sappell
Blue on blue
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Mono Lake on July 4 — no sign of the drought. More bigger photos
Mazursky's table at Farmers Market
mazursky-table.jpgLots and lots of dick jokes. Watch
Eastern Sierra
mammoth-parade-flag.jpgAnticipation builds for 4th of July parade in Mammoth Lakes.
New girl in town
janie-taylor-sitting-iris.jpgJanie Taylor retired as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet this year and moved to Los Angeles. Native Intelligence
Route 66 at the Autry
rte-66-Dixon.jpgThe story of Route 66 could not be more mixed in with the story of Los Angeles. Some highlights
Oral history of The Palomino
willie-nelson-palomino-lamag.jpgWillie Nelson and everybody else played at the Lankershim Blvd. club. Story
Stairs behind the Orpheum
stairs-behind-orpheum.jpgThe view from behind Broadway's Orpheum Theatre. Bigger
At home with Olivia Munn
olivia-munn-vogue-grab.jpgFast answers to 73 questions from Vogue magazine. Video
Olive trees at BCAM
bcam-olive-trees.jpgA grove of century-old Northern California olive trees was transplanted on Bunker Hill. Read
Stanley Cup at Dodger Stadium
cup-alec-martinez-dodgers.jpgAnother Stanley Cup summer begins with Vin Scully. Pics
Arts District wall
nate-starkman-wall.jpgNate Starkman & Sons. LAO photo.
Streetscape: Sawtelle Boulevard
giant-robot-sawtelle.jpg Roof line of Giant Robot 2 in the Sawtelle district. View bigger
KCRW breaks ground
KCRW-Rendering-Reception.jpgNew Santa Monica studios would free the station from its longtime basement. Story
Oxnard Street
gasoline-storage-no-smoking.jpgNo, really — no smoking at the gasoline storage place in Van Nuys. Please.
Kings take Cup to the beach
kings-cup-on-beach.jpgThe first tweet of the summer from the keeper of the Stanley Cup is a Kings family photo on the beach in South Bay. Bigger
Streetscape: Burbank

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West Magnolia Boulevard. LAO.

Union Station at 75
union-station-construction-acp.jpgPalm trees were planted even before the 1939 opening. Story and photos
Palm Springs heat
palm-springs-design-district.jpgThe desert is hip again. Or maybe it always was. Story
Van Nuys Boulevard, 1972
van-nuys-blvd-mack-girls.jpgClub night cruising photos we haven't seen before. Take a look