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New Expo Line stations getting their art

expo-line-west-art.jpg Metro in installing the artwork for the elevated station at Sepulveda Boulevard. Westwood/Rancho Park and Palms went first.

100 years ago today, the Valley made Los Angeles big

annex-map-sfv-part.jpg Sunday is the centennial of, arguably, the most significant public vote in the history of Los Angeles.

Sawtelle Japantown is now official

sawtelle-japantown-signage.jpg The city's first blue signs for the new district were unveiled on Sunday.

The California desert welcomes spring

JT, chuckwalla, Mastodon Peak35 3-15 - Copy.JPG For our money, the best version of March madness plays out not on the hardwood, but the desert floor.

30 new species of flies discovered buzzing Los Angeles

30newSpeciesoffly-nhm.jpg This level of previously unknown biodiversity surprised scientists and makes them wonder: what other mystery species are living in our backyards?

Atmospheric rivers she has known

atmos-rivers-peng.jpg Scientist Grace Peng reminds us there was a time when the Pacific inundated California with rivers of free water from the sky.

News and notes: Bush coming, bookstore closing & more

RauschLA-hunt.jpg Jeb Bush to raise cash in Bel Air. Supes look to raise minimum age. A new column in Daily News. More notes on politics, media and place.
ave50-monte-vista-hp.jpg In "Viva Gentrification!," Hector Tobar says whites are returning to Latino enclaves such as Highland Park.
starbucks-baristas-640.jpg Starbucks CEO says the order to write "Race Together" on cups ends Monday. Everyone in line says thanks.

Young lion P-33 crosses the 101 freeway - going north

p-33-face-nps.jpg It's just the second time researchers have spotted a lion successfully crossing the freeway — and the first to leave the Santa Monicas.
alejandra-campoverdi-ucla.jpg Alejandra Campoverdi will be managing editor of #EmergingUS. She worked in the White House from 2009-2012 and has a media background.

Norms passes another landmark hurdle

norms-alan-hess.jpg The city's Board of Cultural Heritage Commissioners today voted unanimously to extend history-cultural monument status to the threatened Norms coffee shop on North La Cienega.

More than 700 sea lions now in California shelters

sea-lion-pmcc-jake.jpg Already, this year has seen the most stranding of emaciated sea lions in memory. Warmer waters driving away the food is suspected.

Doing business on historical properties in LA

the-bloc-sign.jpg Wayne Ratkovich says that getting a historic designation on a building can be a good thing. He should know.

Four years later: Japan still recovering from quake and tsunami

namie-house.jpg And in California, the threat of a magnitude 8 quake, the Big One for us, has been raised by USGS.

Video: Those maps found in a Mt. Washington cottage

glen-creason-video-grab.jpg The story of the LAPL map treasure collected by John Feathers is told in a video for the LA Review of Books.

Days sound numbered for Norms on La Cienega

norms-la-cienega.jpg The news doesn't really get better for fans of the Googie-style Norms coffee shop.

The end of our outside in lifestyle

crestwood hills.jpg Will we look back on late 20th century LA--often thought of as the worst of times with the city's sprawling conquest of nature--as paradoxically the best of times when a style of architecture briefly prevailed that invited the outside in, and the inside out?
pipeline-cover.jpg "Pipeline" became "one of Southern California's most recognizable musical exports — an instrumental anthem to riding the waves and living the life..."

In the Sawtelle district, a name change that makes sense

sawtelle-hide-sushi.jpg Designating Sawtelle Japantown has more local authenticity than Little Osaka or West LA.

Ride & Prejudice

compton-cowboy.jpg A new film is raising funds on Kickstarter to document the story of the Compton Cowboys, black cowboys who have been a South LA tradition since the 19th Century.

A portrait of the ecologist as an old misanthrope

12monkeys300.jpg It's still shocking to see that for some environmentalists, a love of other living beings goes hand in hand with a hatred for their fellow human beings.

O California: A New Yorker poem

palms-cuyama.jpg Sarah Holland-Batt, an Australian poet, has a poem of California in this issue of the New Yorker.

Gentrification map of Los Angeles since 2000

generification-map-la-governing.jpg Cities aren’t gentrifying by master plan, but because young people with money to spend want to live there.

HistoricPlacesLA website is ready for you now

griffith-obs-hpla.jpg The site provides information on and mapping of hundreds of City Hall-designated historic-cultural monuments and other places that might be designated someday.

Nordstrom leaving Westside Pavilion for Century City

nordstrom-westside.jpg Just as the Expo Line will be arriving, Nordstrom will be relocating to a much bigger space a few miles east.

LA Times partners with Jose Antonio Vargas on new race section

jose-antonio-vargas-cnn.jpg Journalist who is famously undocumented will create a new section of the LAT website on race, immigration and multiculturalism.

Sneak peek inside the Broad Museum space

bcam-couple-iris.jpg The downtown museum-to-be opened its doors on Sunday for a public viewing. Photos inside.

CaliParks: A new way to discover and share your parks

CaliParks300.jpg Parks and technology -- for some park lovers never the twain shall meet. Parks are where you go to escape from technology. But for many others, technology is a way to discover, enjoy, and share experiences and a love for parks.

Russ Parsons moves from LAT food editor to columnist

russ-parsons-juggles.jpg Move has been in the works for awhile, he says. Amy Scattergood slides up to food editor.

Welcome to Christopher Hawthorne's Third Los Angeles

hawthorne-garcetti-oxy.jpg LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has a grand narrative. And he's not just a chronicler of the Los Angeles story. He's a cheerleader. A goad. And a protagonist now.

The remains of Bunker Hill

bill-300.jpg A walk through the remains of Bunker Hill showed how a colorful old L.A. neighborhood was left barren but rich.

The story behind Hollywood's yellow location signs

crew-parking.jpg In the age of smartphones, GPS and Waze, the directional signs remain a staple of Hollywood shoots.

Two sides of the gentrification conversation in LA

gentrification-law-ziegler.jpg The latest issue of LA Weekly takes an interesting approach to the hot topic.

San Francisco got zero January rain, but here comes some water

driest-jan-norcal-nws.jpg A very wet "atmospheric river event" is pointed at Northern California with an estimated arrival of later this week. Hey, we'll take it.

Village Books razed but not forgotten

Village-Books-Demolition-Jan-2015.jpg The block in Pacific Palisades is being torn down for Rick Caruso's newest shopping area. But Bob Vickrey remembers.



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Look up
lookup-6th+flower.jpgA corner of the downtown LA skyline from 6th and Flower streets.
The name fits in Sawtelle
sawtele-furaibo.jpgSawtelle Japantown is LA's newest blue-sign neighborhood. Kevin Roderick
Streetscape | Pico Boulevard
pico-bike-skeleton.jpgMan and his skeleton riding tandem in Santa Monica. Photo: Sean Roderick
Night on Broadway
los-angeles-theatre-iris.jpgMovie palaces were packed on open house night. Photos by Iris Schneider
Bob Hope compound on the market
bob-hope-estate-google.jpgEstate in Toluca Lake is yours for $23 million. Peek inside
New year at the pier
SM Pacific Park1 1-1-15 - Copy.JPG Santa Monica has a New Year's parade too, in a way. Ellen Alperstein
A word Angelenos should know
rainshadow3.jpgPetrichor: The scent of rain on a dry land. Christensen & Gold
Day of the Dead

day-of-dead-2014-iris.jpgFestivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider

Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Ridiculous palm weeds
palm-weed-family.jpgIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
Sky and palm
sky-and-palm.jpgGreat skies we had one day. #DTLA. Bigger on Facebook
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Scythed chariot
Second Street, Santa Monica Place3 8-14 - Copy.JPGSpotted in Santa Monica by Ellen Alperstein. More
Fans at KCON
kpop-emoting.jpg Fans swoon at LA's big Korean music festival. More photos by Iris Schneider
Sylmar ranchette
rancho-temblor-sylmar.jpgSylmar ranch still evokes the disaster of 1971.
Under the 405
under-405-parthenia.jpgHomeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills. LA Observed photo
Streetscape
The Warwick
the-warwick.jpgCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Little Tokyo
1st-street-little-tokyo.jpgA weekend on 1st Street.
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
La Placita
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Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
Streetscape
alphacast-foundry-santa-fe-.jpgAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Streetscape: Stoner Avenue
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Stoner Avenue in West Los Angeles.
Stained glass
stained-glass-eave.jpgWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Arts District color
color-jg-hewitt-street.jpgSpatters of color on the sidewalk outside the former Al's Bar on Hewitt Street. Judy Graeme/click the pic to enlarge.
Mission Road in Boyle Heights
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Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea Avenue
labrea-shop-dino.jpgDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawn
expo-park-friday-eve-lao.jpgNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Sidewalk art
cat-san-vicente.jpgSan Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: DTLA
streetscape-6thstreet.jpgEast 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
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